Vietnamese youth expressed their views on the future of STEM education at STEM-SPEAK Vietnam – In partnership with UNESCO, CED & MICROSOFT



Hanoi, Viet Nam, July 26 2018 - The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Microsoft in cooperation with the Centre for Education and Development (CED) gathered thirty-eight Vietnamese youth from across the country to develop an inclusive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) vision by using the future at STEM SPEAK 2018.

Taking place at the Green One UN House in Hanoi, UNESCO experts in Futures Literacy will systematically guide participants to step out of their comfort zone and to enter the unknown by exploring alternative futures. The purpose of the training is to allow them to explore their visions and innovative thoughts and elaborate a vision of a sustainable future with STEM.

With the rapidly changing environment of Industry 4.0, young professionals need more than technical qualifications – they need to think creatively and identify innovative solutions to global challenges. It is with this in mind that the participants will turn their energies to rethink STEM education for the future. Predominately female, they come from a range of backgrounds and include students, teachers and researchers.

Through the use of creative, innovative and unconventional approaches, STEM-SPEAK aims to combat a multitude of social issues including bridging the gender gap in STEM occupations and education. It also aims to identify problems that hinder the youth, especially young girls and women, to pursue a STEM career, and propose creative solutions to address these issues.

"Technology is the key that open up various opportunities for growth and development. For Vietnam to rise and shine while racing the transformation journey, cultivating the mind of our next generation with STEM should be our top priority right now, and in the future," stressed Ms Le Hong Nhi of Microsoft Philanthropies Vietnam, "This mission should be conducted at scale, continuously and most importantly, inclusive for everyone, especially females and the disabilities."

The UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, Michael Croft, outlines the connection to the wider context. "STEM empowers youth to drive sustainable development. Everyone needs to be involved, including girls and young women, marginalized and vulnerable groups. Everyone should have a voice."

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