“Kalau anak laki-laki itu mementingkan diri sendiri, maka itu bukan salah mereka, itu terletak pada pendidikannya, mereka dibuat demikian. Mereka mendapat semuanya, boleh semuanya dan apa yang tidak mereka ambil, itu baik untuk anak-anak perempuan.”
― Kartini, Brieven Aan Mevrouw RM Abendanon Mandri En Haar Echtgenoot Met Andere Documenten
“If boys are selfish, then it is not their fault, it lies in their education, they are made that way. They got everything, maybe everything and what they didn’t take, it’s good for girls.”
Globally and in Indonesia, gender inequality remains a prevalent issue that needs to be addressed. By limiting the investment in and opportunities for girls and women to succeed, gender inequality deprives Indonesia of half its treasure, talent, and potential. This is why education and gender equality are an integral part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Providing girls with the opportunities to learn about science, technology, and math (STEM) translates into better economic prospects for women and their families, as STEM knowledge is the foundation for access to better paying technology jobs. As Indonesia enters the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it becomes even more critical to close the gender inequality gap across all ages, including in the early years of education.
Many low-skilled jobs are under threat of being replaced by automation and AI, whereas high-skilled technology jobs will continue to be in demand. According to Johnny G Plate, Minister of Communication and Informatics, Indonesia’s current digital talent pool, a total of 104 million, will not be able to accommodate the projection for digital talent in 2030-2035, which is predicted to reach as high as 113 million. With the Fourth Industrial Revolution, even more women will be affected if they do not have access to STEM education and training. They stand to lose not only their existing jobs but also be unable to qualify for higher-skilled ones.
To help narrow the gender gap, Mastercard has been cultivating young technology enthusiasts as part of its signature education platform, Girls4Tech. YCAB Foundation (Yayasan Cinta Anak Bangsa) is proud to announce becoming a Mastercard partner to implement this signature program in Indonesia. YCAB Foundation will be the leading partner, implementing Girls4Tech, which is one pillar within the Mastercard Academy 2.0 that was launched on the 9th of December 2019. The main beneficiaries will be underserved girls in Banten, West Java and East Java. YCAB Foundation will work with the Ministry of Education, State Governments, and school administrators to introduce the Girls4Tech curriculum to girls between the ages of 8-15. Over the next three years, YCAB Foundation will provide technology skills to 60,000 girls and have an indirect impact on additional 240,000 teachers, parents, and siblings.
The hands-on, inquiry-based STEM program created by Mastercard in 2014 has already reached more than 430,000 girls (ages 8-12) across 28 countries. Girls4Tech incorporates Mastercard’s expertise in the field of payments technology and offers skills building in algorithms, encryption, data analysis, cryptology, and network engineering.
“We are pleased to be collaborating with Mastercard in the Girls4Tech program. STEM-related jobs has grown at three times the rate of non-STEM jobs with more than 2.4 million STEM jobs going unfilled in 2018. As a group, STEM-educated workers–those trained in science, technology, engineering or mathematics–are in greater demand and are making higher salaries than other workers. The higher the participation of girls in STEM, the greater the impact on closing the gender disparity, giving girls more opportunities to access employment in STEM fields. We are excited to roll out this program to underserved girls in Indonesia and to watch our female students becoming future leaders and innovators in STEM,” says Veronica Colondam, CEO and Founder of YCAB Foundation.
“The Mastercard Academy 2.0 is our flagship skilling initiative in Indonesia. We are thrilled to partner with leading non-profit organizations to advance the government’s goals of growing a strong and secure digital economy. We believe that the digital economy should work for everyone, everywhere and that is why the Mastercard Academy 2.0 is helping Indonesians go digital for a lifetime – beginning with young children through our Girls4Tech curriculum” says Safdar Khan, division president for Mastercard in Indonesia, Malaysia and Brunei.
“The digital economic potential of Indonesia is huge, but it cannot be realized without the availability of knowledgeable and skilled human resources. I really appreciate the contribution of all parties with their respective programs such as Mastercard Academy 2.0 and strongly believe that the Mastercard Academy 2.0 program is an essential program that will be very beneficial for the progress of the nation towards digitalization,” said Johnny G. Plate at the Mastercard launch event.
To learn more about the Mastercard Academy 2.0, please visit Mastercard Academy 2.0 website
To learn more about Girls4Tech, please visit the Girls4Tech website
 Cracking the code: girls’ and women’s education in STEM https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000253479
 Bill Clinten: Indonesia Kekurangan Talenta Digital, Kominfo Siapkan Beasiswa. Kompas. Accessed 7 December 2019. https://tekno.kompas.com/read/2019/11/20/19020037/indonesia-kekurangan-talenta-digital-kominfo-siapkan-beasiswa
 Liyana Hasnan, “Women’s jobs under threat from AI”, The Asean Post. Retrieved from https://theaseanpost.com/article/womens-jobs-under-threat-ai