In June 2016, Oracle – an American multinational company dealing in a comprehensive and fully integrated stack of cloud applications, platform services and engineered systems – publicly announced that it is dedicating US$200 million to immerse girls worldwide in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
This brings Oracle’s total financial commitment to STEM education to over US$3 billion. The company supports “Let Girls Learn” – a US government initiative aimed at helping adolescent girls around the world go to school and stay in school.
In a statement, Oracle CEO Safra Catz announced: “It takes 25 years to build a computer engineer, not 25 hours, so we need to get started. The computer sciences lose too many girls too early and once lost, it’s nearly impossible to get them back. We want more girls focused on building upon science and math fundamentals and we want more women choosing the technical disciplines because they are both prepared to do so and because they believe it will advance their career opportunities.”
Whilst Oracle is spending millions in the US on summer computing camps, codefests, workshops and conferences designed, said Catz, “to encourage and inspire adolescent girls to become original thinkers, creative designers and enterprising trailblazers”, it is working elsewhere to achieve the same goals.
Over the next four years, the Ministry of Education in Egypt, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Oracle Academy (Oracle’s philanthropic educational programme) will support computing education in nine newly created STEM schools throughout
Egypt. Much focus will be on one boarding school, which will accept the top 10% of girls across the governorates in Egypt, reaching 150 girls each year and providing three years of paid
education for each girl.
Oracle has also teamed up with several partners to help young girls and women in Vietnam develop information technology skills.
It continues to drive projects that impact more than 2.6 million students in 106 countries, including India and Chile.
Category: Spring 2016