STEAM शिक्षा programs are introduced to problem solve the existing social issues with STEAM and digital education by inspiring, educating, and engaging adolescent girls through our skill-based hands-on training, workshops, mentorships, and digital learning contents. Currently, we have developed learning digital content on connecting STEAM शिक्षा with Education and Employability Skills to empower by equipping young girls with required digital and transferable skills. We have already worked in districts including Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Bhaktapur, Walling, Palpa, Sindupalchowk, Kavrepalanchowk, and Surkhet through our short term digital training, workshops, and mentorships reaching 1000+ youths.
The sessions are specially targeted to the middle schools and at Maker-space of WiSTEAM physical space or constructed by WiSTEAM to impact the mindset of root causes of the existing gender gap in STEM fields. We aim to connect education with STEM hands-on learning experiences to the age group of 10-19 years in coding, cybersecurity, and electronics to decrease the prevailing gender gap in STEM and encourage young girls to think critically, design their imaginations, problem-solving and get exposure to STEM from an early age. We reached nearly 205 young students with this program. The targeted locations were Godawori (Life Vision Academy ), Tokha (Nag Kathmandu and Triyog School), Suryabinayak (Mount Everest School), and Lalitpur(Gems School), Syangja, Walling, Ranabir Higher Secondary School, Butwal, Milan Chowk, Jana Jagriti Secondary School, Palpa, Tansen, MohanKanya School, Kavre, Shree Kalika Primary School, Janaki Higher Secondary School, and WiSTEAM physical space.
Fig: Total Reach from STEAM शिक्षा programs
SERIES OF EVENTS:
1. Hour of Code Series: The workshop was designed to support a network of girls and supported other girls to equip them with digital skills and was a huge accomplishment as a community model in 2018. In the session, we used to conduct a series of Hour of code programming sessions and reached nearly 650 girls from Kathmandu, Lalitpur, and Bhaktapur districts. This is a programming workshop program initiated by CODE.org that focuses on an introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics in an hour. We customized the workshop to educate and aware young girls targeted especially of the age group 15-25 years from Kathmandu valley. In today's world, technology has become a prime force for development and economic growth. This coding workshop has motivated many young girls to get inspired as well as be capable of using a new era of technological advances. The main purpose of this program is to make one feel technology is a more approachable domain rather than an isolated notion, and give them a peek at what wonders can be done using basic coding. And they could do something within an hour, then they can do a lot if they invest some months in digital/STEAM careers.
2. International Girls in ICT Day Series: International Girls in ICT Day is the global movement, an initiative backed by all ITU Member States in ITU Plenipotentiary Resolution 70 (Rev. Busan, 2014), aims to create a global environment that empowers and encourages girls and young women to consider careers in the growing field of ICTs, enabling both girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of greater female participation in the ICT sector. International Girls in ICT Day is celebrated on the 4th Thursday in April every year. Nepal has been a part of this global movement for many years now. Every year new ideas and approaches were made to maximize the participation of girls in ICT from Nepal. In 2018 NTA came with initiatives of bringing local communities together to achieve bigger goals and shape the impact bigger together. The Stakeholders for Girls in ICT Day 2018 were WiSTEM, WLIT, RAN, and more, and successfully running every year.
Women in STEAM have been actively working with Nepal Telecommunication Authority, the main organizer of Nepal since 2015. In 2017/18, we did Technical Assistant for International Girls in ICT Day to celebrate and engage young girls in ICT fields reaching seven provinces of Nepal. We assist NTA with guidelines for different proposals and programs for ICT day. There were about 104 proposals received which was 4 times more than the previous years. The shortlisted proposal and teams were called for a negotiation process and later based on their possible impacts and outputs, participatory approach, girls engagement, budget the selected programs were taken to seven provinces of Nepal to celebrate International Girls in ICT Day 2018.