Girls in Science
In 2020, UNICEF launched the “Girls in Science” project to empower 14-18-year-old 500 girls from new settlements and rural areas to excel in their knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and get more career opportunities.
“Girls in Science” programme targets 14-18-year-old 500 schoolgirls and will be supported to be peer educators and role models for younger girls in their communities, potentially reaching and inspiring hundreds of thousands of girls as active and effective agents of change.
To date, almost 200 schoolgirls are participating in additional classes for republican test preparation to be enrolled in science and IT faculties after school. Girls, participating in the programme, named Dr Asel Sartbaeva as their role model in pursuing a science career path.
On February 11, 2021, marking the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, UNICEF announced Dr Asel Sartbaeva as Ambassador of the “Girls in Science” programme. Dr Asel Sartbaeva is a world-famous scientist and chemistry professor at the University of Bath and Royal Society Research Fellow in the UK, leading ground-breaking research to make childhood vaccines safe in all temperatures.
The programme aims to engage at least 15,000 girls from poor areas, with a focus on girls affected by migration and from vulnerable backgrounds, in peer training sessions by 2022 so that they can make informed career choices in Information & Communication Technologies as well as Science, Engineering and Math and have the required skills to break the inter-generational cycle of poverty affecting their families and communities.
The UNICEF’ “Girls in Science” project is implemented in partnership with the “Roza Otunbayeva Initiative” Foundation, the AUCA Innovation College and the Public Foundation “Child Protection Center”. The initiative is funded by Clé de Peau Beauté.