In Kyrgyzstan, 30 thousand girls tried their hands at STEM
To celebrate the International Day of the Girl, participants of the Girls in Science project presented their achievements in the field of science and technology.
BISHKEK, October 11, 2022 - At the National Library named after Alykul Osmonov UNICEF hosted the “Girl’s time in Kyrgyzstan” event dedicated to the International Day of the Girl. The main goal is to showcase girls' achievements and scientific inventions and encourage the public to invest more in the education and potential of girls. The event was attended by more than 300 girls - participants of the "Girls in Science" project.
During the event, Ulugbek Mambetakunov, the Minister of Education and Science of the Kyrgyz Republic, welcomed girls, partners and volunteers and emphasized the importance of girls' education and wished them success in their Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) endeavours.
“We are convinced that if there is support, the girls of Kyrgyzstan can do everything. We believe that the prosperous future of Kyrgyzstan is in the hands of today's teenage girls. The event today is held under the slogan - the time of the Kyrgyz girls is now. Let's work together to support girls in reaching their potential,” says Sylvi Hill, acting Deputy Representative at UNICEF.
During the event, UNICEF presented the results of the Girls in Science project, which was launched in 2020. Its main goal was to strengthen the potential of girls from suburbs and villages so that they could excel in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics and get more career opportunities.
As a result, 30,000 girls across the country have gained knowledge and tried their hand at science and technology. For three years, the project participants have shown an inexhaustible interest in the STEM field and have taken their first steps towards their desired profession. Girls are fond of IT engineering, mathematics, chemistry, technology, science and satellite engineering. Moreover, 444 girls completed intensive courses in preparation for the Republican testing and entered the universities of Kyrgyzstan and foreign countries, of which 34 per cent received full financial aid. More than half of the enrolled girls chose technical specialities.
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