TEKEDU announces Swiss Development Cooperation contributions to expand GirlsGoIT program in more regions in Moldova by providing access to science, technology and engineering workshops on 3D printing, Robotics and Web App Development for girls. The contributions from Swiss will be matched with UN Women, Google RISE Awards, USAID and TEKEDU. The contribution will also support the campaign development to promote and make Vocational Education Sector (VET schools) with technical faculties more accessible to girls through awareness campaign and jointly coordinated with the Ministry of Education.

Swiss Development Cooperation contributions makes GirlsGoIT programs reach more girl-ambassadors currently in their 10th, 11th and 12th grades, from 11 to 13 regions in Moldova, to access STEM-based workshops, which are the Future of Jobs and Work Skills. The regions include; Calarasi, Ungheni, Rezina, Straseni, Soroca, Salcuta, Stefan-voda, Dubasari, Bender, Comrat, Chisinau, Orhei and Hincesti. The contributions also support GirlsGoIT to procure Ultimaker3 3D printer and a Nao Robot, which will be used to conduct STEM-based workshop for 65 girl-ambassadors at the 3rd summer camp edition starting on July 21.

The Google RISE Awards also contributed to the procurement of Makebot Replicator+ 3D Printer, which makes a total of two 3D printers that will be used to conduct STEM-based workshop for girl-ambassadors. The Google RISE Awards grants organisations across the globe that promote Computer Science (CS) education and run initiatives that reach girls.

The contribution of Swiss Development Cooperation also support other planned activities of GirlsGoIT which includes; a 3-day leadership and mentoring conference for girl-ambassadors on soft-skills so that they can run education activities in their local clubs and advocate STEM-based program to their peers in schools and communities, a 4-week autumn camp on web development in 13 regions and GirlsGoIT Annual Forum.

“SDC is committed to promoting equal opportunities and access to the benefits of development for all social groups in Moldova, particularly for women and girls, minorities and the most vulnerable. We are happy to support GirlsGoIT program because it provides girls and young women from excluded groups and remote regions with new perspectives and opportunities to realize their potential, and engages numerous other counterparts in advocating for their enhanced educational and economic empowerment" Swiss Development Cooperation in Moldova

a photo of 2016 summer camp which was also supported by Swiss Development Cooperation

Swiss Development Cooperation contributions match-funds with multiple organisations such as UN Women, Embassy of Sweden in Chisinau, USAID and Google RISE Awards with companies support from Spark Research Labs, Moore Stephens KSC Chisinau, FFW Agency, DAS Solutions and Mixbook.

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency. The overall goal of the SDC is to reduce poverty, make development sustainable and overcome global risks. In the Republic of Moldova, Switzerland supports technical assistance programs and projects aimed at increasing institutional capacities and improving the quality of public services, particularly for the most disadvantaged groups, in areas such as health, migration, water and sanitation. Thanks to more than 15 years of effective efforts in the country, Switzerland has succeeded in establishing a solid basis of trust in its relations with all its partners, including with the general population, the public authorities, and the development partners of Moldova.

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