Combating gender stereotypes in early school age through STEM - STEM4Equality
Τhe STEM4Equality project is implemented in the frame of the Active citizens fund programme, operated by SciCo. The Active citizens fund in Greece is supported through a € 12m grant from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway as part of the EEA Grants 2014 - 2021. The program aims to develop the sustainability and capacity of the civil society sector in Greece, and to strengthen its role in promoting and safeguarding democratic procedures, active citizenship and human rights. The Fund Operator for the Active citizens fund in Greece is Bodossaki Foundation in consortium with SolidarityNow.
Τhe STEM4Equality project is a STEM education program for young children with the ultimate goal of contributing to the elimination of gender stereotypes. The project focuses on preschool ages, where the identities and personalities of children have not yet been formed and there is curiosity and exploration in their lives. These traits are reinforced regardless of gender, by STEM education which is based on interaction, playing and critical thinking.
Modern studies show that the percentages of women / girls who choose a career in science and technology, remain much lower than those of men / boys. Or, boys are encouraged up to 3 times more than girls, to attend STEM training programs and activities. Based on these data, this project invests in raising the awareness of kindergarten and elementary school teachers, students, parents and relevant stakeholders, in relation to gender stereotypes in early school education.
During the program, activities will be carried out in the classrooms, such as creating constructions and conducting scientific experiments, to enhance rational thinking in students. Thus, children will acquire a positive attitude towards technology and science and will cultivate life skills such as problem solving and inductive thinking. The program has as its main goal to create a common starting point to make choices in every area of life freely, away from stereotypes and social establishments.
About the EEA Grants:
Τhe EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. The EEA Grants are available to the 13 EU member countries that joined the EU and the European Economic Area (EEA) in 2004, 2007 and 2013 as well as Greece and Portugal. The decision-making body of the EEA Grants is the Financial Mechanism Committee, which is composed of representatives of the Foreign Ministries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
The Bodossaki Foundation is one of the most respected privately-owned public benefit organizations in Greece. The Foundation is the culminating point of its founder’s brilliant course in life and remains the carrying vessel of the values and ideas that he faithfully served throughout his eventful life. The Foundation was established in 1972 by Prodromos – Bodossakis Athanassiades who decided to donate his entire fortune to support health care, equal opportunities, quality in education, scientific progress and environmental protection. The Foundation has a deep knowledge of social needs in Greece and has administered so far more than €450m supporting its causes.
The Bodossaki Foundation also supports NGOs working with socially vulnerable groups and has lately set the strengthening of civil society as one of its primary objectives. Since 2013 it administers the regranting facilities of the EEA Grants for civil society in Greece.
More information: www.bodossaki.gr/en/
SolidarityNow (SN) is a non-governmental organization established in 2013 to respond to
the needs, and advocate for the rights of the most vulnerable and marginalized groups, indiscriminately. SN’s Headquarters are in Athens, with large operations in Thessaloniki and activities across the country. The organization’s vision is to improve people’s lives and to empower them to create a just and inclusive society. SN’s actions fall under three main strategic priorities: a) Promoting safety and protection; b) Catalyzing livelihoods opportunities; c) Strengthening the independence of civil society and defending open society values. SN has supported 320,000 people to date, both through direct project implementation and through regranting programmes. Through its regranting initiatives, SN has supported 73 different programs and provided a total funding of € 14.4M to support Greek civil society organizations.
More information: www.solidaritynow.org/en/