EY announced the launch of a mobile platform in collaboration with Tribal Planet, EY STEM Tribe, to support girls in the age group between 13 to 18 years to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum and chase high-growth careers in their life.
According to EY sources, India is the first country to unveil the global initiative that will give an entertaining and gamified STEM learning experience to over 6,000 girls in Delhi National Capital Region (NCR). The EY STEM Tribe digital platform is part of EY’s global Women in Technology movement. The project is aimed at accelerating gender parity in the technology space and reinforcing the organisation’s purpose of building a better working world. The move comes after growing importance of technology in almost all spheres of life and business. Following the launch in India with Delhi NCR, EY will take this to schools in the United States, starting with Seattle and Atlanta.
Available for free on Android and iOS platforms, the EY STEM Tribe mobile app features modules on science, such as climate change, space exploration; technology, such as artificial intelligence, 3D printing or blockchain; the future of work and skills that may be required for future; and inspirational stories of women in STEM. The STEM curriculum on the platform are developed with leading educational institutions around the world. Parents and teachers will also have access to the platform to highlight the need for them to encourage girls to explore STEM as a career choice.
Commenting on the development, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia said in India, only two percent of the CEOs are female.
“And only one percent of the CFOs are female. Higher secondary classes of Delhi government schools have 57 percent students as females while only 43 percent are in science stream. This situation and stereotypes like boys for science and girls for humanities need to be broken now. And as part of this vision, we are introducing STEM Education for girls in Delhi Government schools in partnership with EY. Through the EY STEM Tribe platform we want to encourage our girl students to acquire 21st century skills necessary to secure jobs not just in India, but globally. We want more girls to be inspired to pursue science and related subjects.”
EY India Regional Managing Partner Rajiv Memani said as technology continues to shape the future, it has become imperative to provide equal opportunity for girls to pursue high-growth STEM careers.
“We are pleased to launch this global initiative in India, that will enable STEM learning for 6000 girls across 45 private and government schools in Delhi NCR, and has the potential to scale rapidly, empowering young girls to learn STEM in a pragmatic and contemporary manner,” said Rajiv Memani.
According to EY future of jobs report, by 2022, 37% of Indian workforce would be employed in jobs that have radically changed skill sets and 9% would be deployed in new job roles that do not exist today.
Developed in collaboration with Tribal Planet, a Silicon Valley based company that develops innovative platforms and ecosystems to engage global citizens around social impact priorities, the EY STEM Tribe platform enables girls to choose topics based on their interests. The app will soon be available in Atlanta and Seattle.
Modern School Principal Dr. Vijay Datta says creative imagination, critical thinking and experiential learning are the key pillars of the foundation of Modern School, and it our constant endeavour to inculcate innovate practices and digital solutions in the day-to-day learnings of the students. “The EY STEM Tribe platform is one such unique digital solution that will open new doors, particularly for girls, help ignite a passion for STEM, enable them to learn 21st century skills and participate in the jobs of the future,” said Dr. Vijay Datta.
EY Global Advisory Technology Consulting Leader Dan Higgins says the EY STEM Tribe digital platform forms a part of our global Women in Technology movement, aimed at accelerating gender parity in the technology space and reinforcing EY’s commitment to building a better working world. “This platform will help girls to build passion for STEM, learn new concepts and apply them in real life, and most importantly, will inspire even more girls across the world to embark on STEM careers. We purposely chose the themes and designed the platform to trigger real-life actions, where girls can reach out to their communities, individually or collectively, and make a greater impact on the society,” said Dan Higgins.
The EY STEM Tribe platform is fully aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Organizing for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)and framework for transferrable skills, such as analytical thinking or problem-solving.
EY Global Talent Leader Advisory Amanda Gethin said technology jobs are increasing – but so is the gender gap. “As a result, we need to change the talent pipeline and address this gap, lighting the spark to help ensure that women have equal chances to enter, remain and thrive in the technology industry,” said Amanda Gethin
To help incentivise learning, the girls can earn points as they complete an activity, such as reading an article, interviewing members of their community, completing an experiment or watching a video. As girls build their “rewards wallet” and see points accumulate, they redeem points in three ways: fun rewards include STEM-related products; important rewards include work shadowing opportunities or virtual mentoring sessions on topics such as building a CV, honing interviewing skills or understanding how millennials engage in the workplace; or lasting rewards, where they choose to donate their points to a non-profit cause of their choice related to empowerment of girls and women. The point donations are converted into a monetary donation by Tribal Planet to the non-profit.
In addition to earning rewards points, girls earn digital badges aligned with the UN SDGs to help them better understand the goals and empower them to have a personal impact related to the SDGs they care about the most. As they participate in SDG-related activities, their badge levels increase.
Women in Technology movement
The EY Women in Technology movement was formed to create an inclusive culture to successfully harness technology’s potential to truly transform society. EY supports women in tech through education by investing in educational products and programs that drive awareness and participation that encourages girls and women to enter and remain in STEM fields of study and careers.