CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The non-government organization Philippine Business for Education (PBEd) has allotted 40 slots for this city’s interested female sixth graders and junior high students to join an extra-curricular science enhancement training called #STEMPower our Girls.
PBEd program director Justine Raagas said they will join more than a hundred other female students nationwide to receive specialized training.
According to Raagas, trainers commissioned by PBEd who are accomplished female scientists themselves will fly in to Cagayan de Oro for three months starting on December to tutor the selected grantees.
The students will receive the training for free plus stipends for two weekends a month during the period which will culminate next year.
Raagas said they are hoping that the female scientists-trainers will inspire the young students to follow their paths and enroll in STEM during their senior high and ultimately in science-based courses during their college years.
A project partnered with AusAid, #STEMPower our Girls aims to increase the number of female scientists that the country will ultimately produce.
“STEM careers are considered the future of work and not having enough girls pursuing the field can result to a unique set of economic challenges,” Raagas told a group of public high school coordinators during a roadshow here last Wednesday.
The girls will be chosen through academic merit and proclaimed interest in STEM.
PBEd is hoping that once they finish the program, the students will enroll in STEM track during their last two secondary years and will ultimately pursue a science-based undergraduate degree.
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