San Jose, November 30th, 2017
The TeachHer program was created to encourage adolescent girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Math (STEAM) careers one year ago in Costa Rica.
U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day celebrated 12 months of trainings, workshops and community service projects with approximately 250 students; Costa Rican First Lady Mercedes Penas; Ministry of Public Education Sonia Marta Mora; Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications Carolina Vasquez; University for Peace Director Francisco Rojas; UNESCO representative in Costa Rica Astrid Hollander and partners from the private sector and the American Chamber.
Major milestones of the TeachHer Initiative includes sending10 Costa Rican professors to the second TeachHer annual meeting that took place in Panama on October 2016; and sending six STEAM women leaders to the U.S. for a U.S. Department of State program to create a working group at the private sector level to support the initiative.
In February next year there will be a camp for 210 students at the U.S. Embassy Science Corner located in EARTH University campus in Guanacaste.
TeachHer was presented in 2016 by then U.S. Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden, and UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova. Thanks to this program, the Costa Rican Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications signed a new policy for equal opportunity between men and women in science and innovation, and the Ministry of Public Education is updating the syllabuses to encourage students in those fields.