STEM 2019 class working to empower young women

Aisha Peters

Director of STEM Guyana, Karen Abrams has told the Stabroek Business that one of the critical aims of the 2019 Class Technical Training Programme will be to empower young women in order to better position them for “options outside the employment and career boxes from which they have traditionally had to choose.”

Speaking with this newspaper during a break from this year’s class being run by STEM Guyana’s ‘Dream Team’, Abrams said that while the STEM programme demonstrated that its focus was “not about gender,” she believed that a great deal of good would have come from the effort “if it were to turn out to provide a heightened level of empowerment for young women.”

When Stabroek Business visited the training centre at the Ministry of Education-run Racquet Centre on Tuesday, the participants, 85% of whom are young women, had completed two days of what Abrams said had been “rigorous training in building, programming and technical support of STEM Guyana’s robot products and its MIT Scratch application product…..

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