IUGB is partnering with The American Embassy in Côte d’Ivoire in implementing the Embassy’s new program, “Girls in Science and Technology” (GIST). Girls from primary and secondary schools nationwide are eligible to participate in this program, whose goal is to introduce female students to and increase their participation in Science and Technology and prepare them for university level courses in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). At the June 10, 2016 inauguration of the new Science and Technology Center, IUGB recognized the GIST program and many of its participants.
IUGB welcomes the opportunity to partner with the American Embassy on this important program. IUGB will provide classroom space in the new Science and Technology Center, materials and equipment and other support for GIST programs. GIST is expected to launch a new summer program in July 2016.
The IUGB/GIST partnership is a natural choice, as IUGB aggressively recruits female students to achieve gender parity in its enrollment efforts, especially in STEM, and strongly supports STEM education as an essential edge for women in tomorrow’s workforce. ExxonMobil’s recent $15,000 contribution will provide IUGB’s STEM Program with e-learning, curriculum development, and library upgrades, from which all will benefit.