More than 300 girls in India, Singapore and Australia will participate in signature STEM curriculum

Singapore, 3 August 2016 – As part of a worldwide rollout, Mastercard will bring its signature Girls4Tech™ program back to India in August (Pune on 5 August and Vadodara on 9 August), followed by a debut in Singapore (12 August) and return to Sydney, Australia (16 August), its last leg in the Asia Pacific region.

The hands-on, inquiry-based program connects the foundations of the Mastercard business to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) principles and shows students that it takes all kinds of interests and skills to pursue a STEM career.

In India, MasterCard will host 24 girls from the Akanksha Foundation and 30 girls from the Sardar Dastur Nosherwan Girls High School in their Pune office, 30 girls from the Navrachna Vidyani Vidyalaya school in Vadodara and five girls from Shrimati Kamlaben Badhir Vidyalaya, a school for the hearing impaired in Vadodara. The Girls4Tech workshops in Singapore and Sydney will see the participation of 90 girls from the NPS International School in Singapore, and 140 girls from five schools in Sydney – Newtown North; Newtown; Darlington, Glebe; and Tempe.

Says Georgette Tan, senior vice president, Communications, Asia Pacific, “The Asia Pacific region is fast becoming a global hub of technology and innovation and offers an exciting range of career opportunities related to STEM fields. However, women remain consistently underrepresented in STEM careers. Furthermore, our inaugural Girls in Tech research revealed that the top reasons why girls are not considering STEM careers relate to ability and perception of gender bias. Through Girls4Tech, we hope to inspire more young girls to develop their STEM skills and build the future generation of female STEM talent.”

According to the recent Girls in Tech research by MasterCard on the perceptions of STEM among young girls (aged 12-19 years old) in Asia Pacific, the top reasons for not choosing to study STEM relate to interest levels and performance – girls find STEM subjects difficult to study (40 percent) and say they have little/no interest in the subjects (32 percent). In addition, the survey found that while girls recognize that STEM as a career is financially and intellectually satisfying, they perceive STEM subjects and careers as not being ‘creative.’

Launched in April 2014, more than 5,000 girls and 1,000 Mastercard employee mentors have participated in the Girls4Tech program in 11 countries. In addition, Mastercard recently announced an agreement with Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) and Be Better to bring the Girls4Tech™ program to an estimated 50,000 young girls in China this fall.

In India, Mastercard previously hosted 30 girls from the Air Force School in Gurgaon, 25 girls from the Army Public School and 25 girls from the Sardar Dastur Nosherwar Girls High School in Pune last year. In Australia, 65 girls from Willoughby School and more than 120 girls from Redlands School participated in the program in September 2015 and March 2016, respectively.

With six stations that showcase algorithms, digital convergence, fraud detection, local network intelligence, cryptology and big data, Girls4Tech is based on global science and math standards and was created in conjunction with curriculum experts and top engineers from Mastercard.

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Media Contacts

Georgette Tan, Mastercard, georgette.tan@mastercard.com, +65 6390 5971

Samantha Yong, Weber Shandwick, samyong@webershandwick.com, +65 6825 8053