In the past 20 years, the world has shifted completely in the way we work, live and connect with one other. Whether through Zoom meetings at work, Apple Carplay on the commute home or the Amazon Alexa that dims the lights before bedtime, technology is all around us, impacting every aspect of our day.
These advances, and countless others, are made possible by the investments in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, sparking the fire in young students to think creatively and critically about technology and its role in our lives. An investment in STEM curriculum today will have an immeasurable impact on the success and progress of future generations.
STEM education should not have a barrier to entry based on socioeconomic status, gender, race, location or family income. These programs are a vital piece of our education system, and in order to identify and prepare our future leaders, CEOs and visionaries, we must ensure broad access to STEM education and encourage students to realize its great promise.
According to the World Bank, just 35 percent of Haitians had access to broadband internet in 2019. Though this number has been on the rise, up from 11 percent in 2015, Haiti still lags far behind the rest of Latin America and the Caribbean, with a regional average of 78 percent. Even further widening the digital divide, only 7 percent of women and girls in the nation have internet access, the lowest in the region.