World Learning to Implement STEAM Camp for Girls in Malawi

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Kathryn Schoenberger in Washington DC, 202 464-6979

WASHINGTON (January 17, 2017)

World Learning will implement the 2017 Women in Science (WiSci) Girls STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics) Camp in partnership with the U.S. Department of State’s Secretary’s Office of Global Partnerships, UN Foundation’s Girl Up Initiative, Intel Corporation, Google, and KGaA Darmstadt. The camp will bring about 100 high school girls from across Africa and the United States together in Malawi to explore STEAM fields and access mentorship opportunities and leadership training.

“Around the world, women are significantly underrepresented in STEAM fields because they often face serious barriers to education,” said Carol Jenkins, president of World Learning. “World Learning is proud to be a part of a program that will help girls build the skills, networks, and confidence to pursue careers in those fields."

Students from Liberia, Malawi, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia, will come together for the two-and-a-half-week camp in late summer 2017. Participants will engage in an intensive STEAM curriculum administered by Intel and Google experts intended to cultivate their interest and skillset in the STEAM fields. The camp will focus on developing their leadership potential and exploring the use of technology to create a safer, more secure world, with an emphasis on preventing gender-based violence.

These activities aim to inspire adolescent girls from Sub-Saharan Africa and the United States by equipping them with the skills and knowledge to succeed in STEAM fields, promoting cross-cultural communication and understanding, empowering them to prevent and respond to issues of gender-based violence, and creating lasting relationships among participants with the business community.

For more information on the camp—visit GirlUp.org/WiSci, or follow along on Twitter at #WiSciCamp and #WiSci2017.

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