Around the globe, particularly in developing countries, students lack opportunities to obtain the education that they so desperately need and deserve. In addition, cultural stigmas, religious restrictions, and oppressive laws keep young people—women especially—trapped in desperate poverty and ignorance, unable to obtain the education that might give them hope.
STEM Education is Critical to Solving Problems in the Developing World
Lack of Opportunity for STEM Education In Developing Countries
A Dearth of Infrastructures and Development
To grow the industrial and technological sectors of an economy, you need skilled, trained workers. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, has stated that “Capacity in science and technology is a key element in economic and social development. Promoting science education at all educational levels, and scientific literacy in society in general, is a fundamental building block to building a country’s capacity in science and technology.” BSI is dedicated to contributing to scientific and technological development in developing nations.
The Brutal Facts
Breaking the Cycle of Poverty and improving the nation’s economy
Around the globe, particularly in developing countries, women lack opportunities to obtain the education that they so desperately need and deserve. Cultural stigmas, religious restrictions, and oppressive laws keep women trapped in desperate poverty and ignorance, unable to obtain the education that might give them hope. History has shown time and again that educating girls provides benefits to the economies of nations. In many cases, changes in cultural attitudes and the legal status of women have resulted in economic benefits that break the cycle of centuries of poverty in just a single generation. Like the proverbial rising tide, the flood of newly educated citizens, inevitably lifts all boats.
Lack of funds for education, access to information resources, gender discrimination, family pressure and cultural biases against women pursuing careers in STEM fields must be addressed if this inequity is to be addressed successfully.
BSI Responds to the Need
The Benignant STEM Innovation Foundation is determined to improve scientific and technological educational opportunities for students in developing nations. By creating innovative solutions that help women overcome barriers to education, we at BSI believe we can slowly begin to turn the tide that has for so long held back talented, energetic, and intelligent young people who can be incredible assets to their communities, their nations, and their world.