Strengthening STEM Curricula for Girls in Africa and Asia and the Pacific – Phase 1

Strengthening STEM Curricula for Girls in Africa and Asia and the Pacific – Phase 1

In order to foster and strengthen institutional capacities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) among key stakeholders in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, the International Bureau of Education (IBE), as UNESCO’s global Centre of Excellence in curriculum and learning related matters, provides technical assistance to operationalize gender-responsive STEM policies through curriculum, pedagogy and teacher education.

In addition, technical support is also being provided through the expertise of the Curriculum Development Division of the Ministry of Education Malaysia, UNESCO Bangkok and Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organisation Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics (SEAMEO RECSAM). This will be achieved through:

  • Conducting needs assessment analysis and implementation of the country roadmaps (Cambodia, Kenya, Indonesia and Nigeria)
  • Organizing Capacity Development Workshop using a STEM resource pack especially developed to strengthen the country capacities to give effect to STEM policies
  • Carrying out field country work to further develop STEM policies at large across levels of the education system

Key Activities

The main achievements from the project can be summarised as follows:

  • Discussed findings of situational analysis as well as roadmaps for in-country interventions set up at SEAMEO RECSAM, Penang, Malaysia. The workshop gathered nearly 40 experts in STEM education and related issues, policy planning, curriculum, pedagogy and teacher education from Cambodia, Cameroon, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, UNESCO Bangkok Office and IBE-UNESCO.
  • Published the 3rd issue of the IBE In-Progress Reflections series on Current and Critical issues in the Curriculum and Learning, entitled ‘Sharing Malaysian Experience in participation of Girls in STEM Education’. The document explains the successful experience of Malaysia and points outs some of its main clues and developments. This third issue is currently available in English, French and Spanish, and planned to be translated in Arabic.
  • Coordinated national policy dialogue workshops in respective beneficiary countries (Cambodia, Kenya, Nigeria and Vietnam).
  • Co-organized the launch event for “A Resource Pack for Gender-Responsive STEM Education” (hereinafter “the Resource Pack”) in Putrajaya, Malaysia (3-4 July) as a concluding activity of the Phase I of the project. 70 MOE Malaysian officers – curriculum developers, teacher educators and teachers – participated in the launch event followed by a two-day training on the understanding and potential use of the resource pack.
  • IBE participated in the UNESCO International Symposium and Policy Forum Cracking the Code: Girls’ Education in STEM (28-30 August 2017) in Bangkok, facilitating a workshop session, “Using the IBE-UNESCO Gender-Responsive STEM Resource Pack to develop gender-sensitive STEM curricula”. The workshop participants (40 from 23 countries) were mainly MOE staff – policy makers and planners, curriculum developers and specialists, and educators –, researchers, university professors, UNESCO colleagues and from UN-Sister organizations, civil society and foundations. The workshop was highly appreciated by the participants, and specifically, they visualized the Resource Pack as a useful tool to support the processes of educational and curriculum reform, in-service training, teacher professional development and customized technical assistance. In addition, the Resource Pack has effectively been disseminated through the social media platforms (IBE website, Facebook and twitter).

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