Covestro India inspiring girl students to take up STEM education

Covestro, the global manufacturer of  high-performance polymer materials, is taking steps beyond manufacturing to  promote STEM learning among girls. According to the Kelly Global Workforce Insights survey by Kelly Services, as much as 81% of Indian women working in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) perceive a gender bias in performance evaluations.

In order to address this glaring gender gap from the root, Covestro  has collaborated with g4g (greenlight for girls), an NGO based in Belgium to conduct a series of STEM workshops across the country. Over 100 girls in the age group of 10 to 15 years participated from different schools wherein they conducted simple science experiments that stimulated their curiosity and interest in science.

The India workshop was successfully conducted on 4th October 2016 by Patrick Thomas, CEO, Covestro AG at Adarsh Shiksha Niketan (ASN) School, Mayur Vihar, Delhi.
Talking about this initiative, Mr. Ajay Durrani, MD, Covestro India, said, “In India, unfortunately, science has been popularly perceived as a male prerogative resulting in female students being discouraged from joining STEM at the undergrad level to women dropping out of the workforce mid-career. The  worryingly low percentage of women in leadership positions  calls for immediate and concrete action to be taken. Through these workshops, we aim to gradually start tackling this issue from the ground-level and encourage more girls to take up STEM education.”


“Low acceptability of STEM education among girls is a phenomenon witnessed across the globe.  After the success of STEM workshops in USA and Europe, we hope to address this issue and unleash the untapped potential of the Indian workforce.” said Patrick Thomas, CEO, Covestro.

“We are happy to be a part of such a noble initiative. As educationists we see equal potential in both boys and girls, however the low acceptance of STEM subjects among girls prevents this potential from reaching fruition. With such workshops we hope to see more girls opting for these subjects,”said Sonia Luthra, principal of  Adarsh Shiksha Niketan (ASN) School.

Participating student at STEM workshop said, “Today we learned that science can be so much fun, such live experiments have helped us to understand the concepts better. I am now very keen to explore a career in STEM.”

STEM workshops have been successfully carried out in USA as well as Europe and is being replicated in India to encourage more girls to take up science as their higher studies and bridge the gender gap.

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About Covestro AG

 

With 2015 sales of EUR 12.1 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,800 people (calculated as full-time equivalents) at the end of 2015.

 

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