No matter the job, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education plays an important role as an addition to non-STEM jobs to enrich the work that we produce. By studying STEM, students learn everything that is relevant and contextual to everyday life, and STEM-based lessons teach ways to reason and think critically, logically, and systematically so that they will be able to face global challenges.
Along with the advancement of artificial intelligence, millions of jobs in the technology area require STEM competencies. It is no secret that STEM is the key to future careers and needs more participants. The ever-evolving world of the workforce constantly needs improvements and better resources to fill the job industry, however, given that female workers generally work in jobs that do not require STEM skills, they are 1.2 times more likely to be in jobs at risk of automation across all industries.
To promote greater female participation in STEM-related skills, together with Mastercard and MNC Portal Indonesia, an interactive virtual discussion titled “Girls Empowerment through STEM Education” was held on October 19th, 2021. CEO and Founder of YCAB Foundation, Veronica Colondam, with Handayani, Director of Consumer Business BRI, and Alison Eskesen, Vice President of Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth sat down together virtually to strengthen the joint efforts in ensuring that women and girls are not overlooked in the rapidly changing world of the workforce. This session aims to provide a clear understanding of the importance of STEM in the workforce and to inspire girls to be more interested in pursuing STEM-related fields.
“Today or in the future, a woman is someone who everyone says is ‘great at multitasking’, that’s true, but she can also have multi-meaning. There is meaning in the family, community, country, and nation. Therefore, indeed, that role should not be removed. That’s the beauty of us women, to connect the world with a caring heart. There is “servantship”, there is service, also her care and love. And that’s what makes our world beautiful.”, Veronica Colondam, CEO and Founder of YCAB Foundation.