Let’s change the subject in Calpe, Costa Blanca

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WORKSHOPS: Encouraging female pupils to choose science. Photo credit: Calpe town hall

CALPE’S Gabriel Miro, Azorin, Olta and Mediterrani schools on the Costa Blanca are attending workshops on Women Scientists organised by the townhall’s Equality department. These began in February to coincide with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science and continue throughout March. The workshops are directed at pupils in the second phase of primary education, impressing on them the cultural and historic importance of women in different fields, introducing them to female figures who have been, or are linked to the sciences and engineering. At present, fewer than 30 per cent of researchers worldwide are women and according to Unesco figures, only around 30 per cent of female students choose to study subjects related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Roughly 3 per cent of female students study Information and Communications Technology, 5 per cent take natural science, mathematics and statistics while a still-low 8 per cent opt for engineering, manufacturing and construction.

 

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