Mastercard is bringing back its Girls4Tech programme to India (Pune and Vadodara) and Sydney, Australia. The programme will also be making its debut in Singapore on 12 August 2016.
Launched in 2014, the Girls4Tech programme aims to drive the interest and encourage Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) careers among girls. The programme includes six stations that showcase algorithms, digital convergence, fraud detection, local network intelligence, cryptology and big data.
In India, the payments company will host its programme in Pune tomorrow (5 August 2016), with 24 girls from the Akanksha Foundation and 30 girls from Sardar Dastur Nosherwan Girls High School; and in Vadodara on 9 August with 30 participants from the Navrachna Vidyani Vidyalaya school and five girls from Shrimati Kamlaben Badhir Vidyalaya - a school for the hearing impaired in Vadodara.
Singapore will also get a chance to experience the programme next Friday (12 August 2016). Ninety students from the NPS International School are expected to participate in it.
The last leg of Girls4Tech workshops in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region will be held in Australia on 16 August 2016, with participation of 140 students from five schools in Sydney which include Newton North, Newton, Darlington, Glebe, and Tempe.
"The Asia Pacific region is fast becoming a global hub of technology and innovation and offers an exciting range of career opportunities related to STEM fields. However, women remain consistently underrepresented in STEM careers. Furthermore, our inaugural Girls in Tech research revealed that the top reasons why girls are not considering STEM careers relate to ability and perception of gender bias. Through Girls4Tech, we hope to inspire more young girls to develop their STEM skills and build the future generation of female STEM talent," said Georgette Tan, Senior Vice President for Communications at Mastercard APAC.
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