GE Hosts “Girls in STEM” Event in Ivory Coast to Inspire Careers and Increase Gender Diversity in STEM
The aim of the Girls in STEM program is to help shape the perception of STEM careers and shift the gender gap in these key fields
Our goal is to enable and encourage the next generation of women engineers and innovators that will transform Africa
GE (www.GE.com) and Junior Achievement Ivory Coast hosted a “Girls in STEM” event for 100 secondary school girls to build foundational Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge; the program was organized as part of GE Gas Power’s commitment to Inclusion and Diversity, to inspire the next generation of women engineers and innovators.
GE (NYSE: GE) and Junior Achievement Ivory Coast hosted a “Girls in STEM” event for about 100 secondary school girls to build foundational Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) knowledge with a view to inspiring and encouraging them to take up careers in STEM. The aim of the Girls in STEM program is to help shape the perception of STEM careers and shift the gender gap in these key fields.
The program featured leadership and educational panel discussions, mentoring and career insights sessions from renowned STEM leaders in the region as well as visits to STEM related sites including the Azito power plant in Yopougon, GE’s simulation center in Bingerville and the CIPREL power plant in Vridi. The site visits were aimed at creating an immersive experience into potential careers that can be explored in STEM.
According to the World Bank and the 2020 Global Gender Gap Index by the World Economic Forum (WEF), there are fewer women than men who are STEM graduates in most economies and although progress is being made to increase women’s participation in many fields, they still make up a minority of the world’s STEM workforce which experts say is impeding progress in solving Africa’s complex development problems. Indeed, women’s workforce participation has been demonstrated to be a potent driver of the economic growth and development of a country with research showing a significant association between a country’s GDP and female labor force participation.
“To improve economic inclusion and narrow the gender gap, companies, schools, relevant government agencies and institutions need to launch new programs and expand existing efforts to attract more female talent into STEM fields. These efforts must start early, such as encouraging more girls to pursue STEM subjects in school and consider STEM fields as they move through their education cycle. Our goal is to enable and encourage the next generation of women engineers and innovators that will transform Africa,” said Elisee Sezan, CEO for GE's Gas Power business in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Muriel Banny M’Bow, the Board’s Chair from Junior Achievement in Ivory Coast said, “We are pleased to collaborate with GE Gas Power for today's Girls in STEM event as it aligns with our overall mission to significantly contribute to a better workforce of tomorrow by preparing students for jobs of the future. Tackling the gender imbalance within STEM careers through enabling more girls and women is important for innovation.”
GE is a historical player and a pioneer in the power sector in Ivory Coast and has previously collaborated with institutions to train engineering students and advance leadership for women in technology. With more than 125 years history in leading innovation to deliver solutions that help build a better world, the company is uniquely positioned to shape the diverse workforce of tomorrow through outreach and participation with local communities. Recently, GE Foundation announced Next Engineers (https://bit.ly/3pRwKgI), a global college-readiness initiative specifically focused on increasing the diversity of young people in engineering, committing up to $2.5 million investment in Johannesburg, South Africa over the next five years.
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Junior Achievement (JA) prepares young Africans for the 21st century workforce by educating them in entrepreneurial skills, work readiness and financial literacy. The programs demonstrate to students the value of an education, bridge the gap of what they are learning in the classroom with the real world, and equip them with the skills and tools they need to be more successful in school and their future careers.
JA programs aim to prepare young people for adult professional life and the world of work. With curricula drawn from our global network of over 120 countries, the programs help youth become job creators for themselves and others as entrepreneurs, to get jobs and keep jobs, to make healthy financial decisions from when they earn money to what they do with it thereafter.