G20 Flagship projects

African Institute For Mathematical Sciences Skills For Employability Project

Title of the Project:

African Institute For Mathematical Sciences Skills For Employability Project

Country:

Canada

Geographical presence:

Senegal (main location) - Benin, Burundi, Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mali, Madagascar, Mauritania, Niger

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2016 - 2021

Project website:

Geographical impact of project:

regional

Funds available for the project:

6,383,080$

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

The Skills for Employability Project aims to strengthen and develop Senegal’s knowledge-based economy by building upon the established African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) Industry Initiative and Co-op Master’s Programme to support the integration and engagement of Senegalese female and male scientists in industry and entrepreneurship across the Francophonie. The Programme provides internship, mentorship, job-shadowing, and work-based learning opportunities to help female and male students gain experience and opportunities for meaningful future employment, while also providing valuable technical talent to employers. AIMS will deliberately increase access and opportunities for African women through the Project as well as mainstream gender across all Project components to promote inclusive, gender-sensitive learning and working environments in the field of mathematical sciences.
Key elements in this Project include 1) a new post-AIMS 2-month business certificate to enable AIMS students and alumni to develop in-depth business and entrepreneurial skills with a 3-month business internship; 2) the launch of online learning modules through the African Virtual University (AVU) digital learning platform and 3) industry-focused math forums that bring mathematicians and industry together to solve practical challenges faced by industry in la Francophonie.
This project is implemented by the AIMS – Next Einstein Initiative Foundation (Canada) in partnership with AIMS Senegal.

Impact of the project:

200 students (80 females and 120 males) will graduate from AIMS Co-op Master’s programme in Senegal, 330 students (208 females and 122 males) will obtain an Entrepreneurship certificate and 2250 students (680 f – 1570 m), will complete a massive open online course (MOOC) across Francophone Africa.

Area of focus of the project:

  • access and affordability of ICT to women and girls
  • ICT in formal education (teacher education, learning materials)
  • scholarships
  • increasing participation of girls in ICT studies (mentoring programmes, career counseling)
  • information and awareness-raising campaigns
  • enabling women’s entrepreneurship (entrepreneurship education, financing schemes, incubators)
  • increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the ICT sector

G20 Flagship projects

Digital Inclusion: leveraging digital opportunities for disadvantaged populations

Title of the Project:

Digital Inclusion: leveraging digital opportunities for disadvantaged populations

Country:

France

Geographical presence:

France

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2018 (current status: identification)

Project website:

Geographical impact of project:

national

Funds available for the project:

2.5 Mio Euro (for 3 or 4 projects)

Implementation level:

in support of low income and developing countries

Description of the project:

The selection of projects is still on-going: the initiatives might proactively secure female participation in activities, design activities, or digital tools specifically for girls and women or promote female role models. A dedicated consultant will produce an analysis note on the gender and digital divide, train the selected NGOs, and support the inclusion of gender approaches in the design of the projects.

Area of focus of the project:

  • access and affordability of ICT to women and girls
  • non-formal training opportunities for women and girls in ICT (coding schools)
  • information and awareness-raising campaigns
  • increasing the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the ICT sector

G20 Flagship projects

diglT

Title of the Project:

diglT

Country:

Australia

Geographical presence:

Rotates across capital cities in Australia

Status of the project:
start date, duration:

2016-2020

Project website:

www.amt.edu.au/information/for-students/digit/

Geographical impact of project:

national

Funds available for the project:

$1.0 million AUD

Implementation level:

domestic

Description of the project:

digIT is an invitational programme. Students are invited based on their performance in the Australian Mathematics Competition and
the Computational and Algorithmic Thinking competition, or by recommendation from their teacher. The programme is targeted
towards students under−represented in ICT or STEM subjects in years 8 and 9, such as those who are female, disadvantaged,
rural/remote, and/or indigenous.
The residential camps enable the students to explore all aspects of ICT through guest lectures, interactive sessions, practicals and
field trips. The camps occur in the January and July school holidays and mark the start and end of the programme.
The mentoring programme sees each student matched with a mentor recruited from a variety of ICT backgrounds. Together they
construct personal goals for the student. This might include discussing study options and career pathways, undertaking further
extension work with support from their mentor, developing ideas based on learnings from the camp, or working on a project.

Area of focus of the project:

  • non-formal training opportunities for women and girls in ICT (coding schools)
  • increasing participation of girls in ICT studies (mentoring programmes, career conseling)