3 Projects empowering women through education
Three evidence-based projects in Chile are helping to close the gender gap with universal, high-quality education and digital training.
In line with United Nation’s “DigitALL: Innovation and technology for gender equality” theme for International Women’s Day this year, we’re shining a light on three projects in Chile providing women with greater access to education and digital literacy.
Second Chance Education Program
The Second Chance Education and Vocational Learning Program helps women access to quality learning, entrepreneurship education and the skills needed for employment.
Since the program’s implementation in Chile, more than 1350 women completed employment or vocational training. Last year, 16 per cent of the participants found a new job, 44 per cent returned to their studies and 24 per cent started a new business.
The program has been piloted in Chile, Cameroon, Jordan, India, Mexico and Australia with over 100,000 women, across very different contexts, to create a broad evidence-base for prototyping and develop a model for scaling.
Digital Education Network
Born during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Digital Education Network is a collaboration of seven projects transforming the future of education in Chile.
Together they seek to address the education challenge from different perspectives, with ComunidadMujer focusing on women’s rights and public and business policies that encourage enhanced gender equality.
The Network distributed resources to 2.5 million students, parents, teachers throughout the pandemic; later, the resources were used to develop an on-line course focused on teachers and school directors.
Over 9 years, more than 2300 people and 60 schools have been part of the initiatives and workshops for educating in gender equity and shared responsibility promoted by ComunidadMujer.
Digital Empowerment Index
Throughout March 2023, Fundación Kodea in partnership with BHP Foundation, will deliver a series of activities to support women’s digital empowerment in Chile. This includes a campaign to help women measure and improve their digital empowerment as a critical driver towards greater equity and access to quality employment.
Fundación Kodea also amplifies its impact on gender perspective via two programs that encourage women and young students to get into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers including:
IdeoDigital: an initiative that seeks to establish the teaching of computer science in schools. Of the schools taking part in the program in 2021 and 2022, 70.3 per cent are run by women and 62.4 per cent of the teachers are women.
Los Creadores: a contest that encourages children and young people to use technology at the service of their community and/or environment. This promotes early innovation and the development of digital skills in schools. So far, more than five 5000 students had participated.
The digital inclusion of marginalized women and access to quality and online education through projects like these can benefit communities around the world, especially in low and middle-income countries. UN Women’s Gender Snapshot 2022 report shows women’s exclusion from the digital world lost $1 trillion in gross domestic product from these countries over the last decade and will grow to $1.5 trillion by 2025 without action.
BHP Foundation is supporting projects taking action in Chile and around the world to improve access to education and quality employment opportunities for marginalized groups, including women. Read more about our Education Equity Program, and STEM Together partner in Australia.