Education

The BMW Group & PADF to Boost STEM Education in Disadvantaged Schools in Argentina

#STEMamericas

Washington, DC (June 17, 2019) — The BMW Group and the Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) will boost STEM education in public schools in Buenos Aires, Argentina, as part of the #STEMamericas initiative.

The booming technology sector has spawned a great need for innovators, engineers and scientists. As the global tech sector continues to grow, machines are gradually replacing traditional manual labor with jobs that require STEM skills. Latin American students continue to rank in the bottom third worldwide in math, reading and science, according to the latest Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) data.

Through the new partnership with the BMW group, students will learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics through science fairs and after-school robotics classes and will acquire other important skills to be competitive in the workforce. As part of the unique STEM Americas methodology, teachers will also receive comprehensive training to improve their leadership and capacity to teach STEM subjects.

“The future is requiring a workforce that is knowledgeable in STEM skills,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director at PADF. “We are focused on making STEM education accessible in disadvantaged public schools so that young girls and boys have the opportunity to grow and prosper.”

“Innovation is at the heart of the BMW Group, and we believe that innovative education is crucial for a sustainable future,” said Guillermo Areas, Head of Government and External Affairs for Latin America and the Caribbean  of the BMW Group. “This pilot program was designed to unleash students’ creativity and spawn new opportunities, launching them on an upward trajectory when they complete the program.”

The BMW Group has a long-established commitment to supporting education throughout the world, with programs that are informative, engaging and accessible to everyone. It is committed not only to creating jobs, but to supporting future technicians and engineers through STEM education and training programs. As such, BMW announced a $50,000 investment  over three years to support PADF’s initiative in Argentina.

STEM Americas is a public-private initiative developed by PADF to equip students for 21st-century thinking. It seeks to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists throughout Latin America and the Caribbean by challenging them to solve real-world problems with relevant solutions. In addition to Argentina, PADF has implemented STEM Americas programming in the Bahamas, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Mexico and Panama, and will soon be expanding to Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru.

About PADF

The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) seeks to create a just, peaceful, and prosperous hemisphere where every person has the opportunity to thrive – by promoting human development, strengthening democracy and governance, advancing justice and security, and fostering resilience. We include and empower marginalized groups, women, youth, LGBTI, Afro and indigenous people, and migrants. We partner with and enable civil society, governments, and the private sector for the greater good of the region. Join us! www.padf.org

About the BMW Group

With its four brands BMW, MINI, Rolls-Royce and BMW Motorrad, the BMW Group is the world’s leading premium manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles and also provides premium financial and mobility services. The BMW Group production network comprises 30 production and assembly facilities in 14 countries; the company has a global sales network in more than 140 countries.

In 2018, the BMW Group sold over 2,490,000 passenger vehicles and more than 165,000 motorcycles worldwide. The profit before tax in the financial year 2018 was € 9.815 billion on revenues amounting to € 97.480 billion. As of 31 December 2018, the BMW Group had a workforce of 134,682 employees.

The success of the BMW Group has always been based on long-term thinking and responsible action. The company has therefore established ecological and social sustainability throughout the value chain, comprehensive product responsibility and a clear commitment to conserving resources as an integral part of its strategy.

PADF and City of Coral Gables to Promote STEM Education in Latin America, Caribbean

New partnership advances common goal for more employment opportunities, gender inclusion and innovation through STEM education

Coral Gables, FL (June 22, 2018) – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) and the City of Coral Gables signed an agreement to promote STEM education in the Americas, co-sponsor STEM-related events and promote fundraising through partners that support common objectives.

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“Education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math is key for the future leaders of our great city,” said Raúl Valdés-Fauli, Mayor of Coral Gables, “and advances our mission to make Coral Gables an international hub for innovation and technology.”

Envisioned by City Founder George Merrick as “a gateway to Latin America,” Coral Gables was designed to be an international city. Now, it contains more than 20 consulates and foreign government offices, 150 multinational corporations and prominent education institutions including the University of Miami, a branch of the Kellogg School of Management Executive MBA Program and Coral Gables High School’s flagship STEM academies.

Resulting from the partnership, PADF and the City of Coral Gables plan to hold a joint annual international event to bring stakeholders together to share best practices and experiences in STEM education in the Americas.

“STEM education can help change our future, as STEM students seek to tackle real-world challenges creatively. STEM skills open doors to employment opportunities in infrastructure, technology and engineering,” said Katie Taylor, Executive Director of PADF. “Engaging girls and women in STEM can help us shatter glass ceilings. STEM education could be key to helping women secure employment in industries that don’t have historical gender biases, thereby bridging the digital gender gap.”

Latin American students continue to rank at the bottom third worldwide in math, reading and science, according to the latest PISA survey. The region’s poorest students are over two years behind their wealthier counterparts, reports the Inter-American Development Bank. As job markets increasingly demand employees with STEM skills, promoting STEM education is vital to the prosperity of future employees and corporations alike.

Under the #STEMamericas initiative, PADF currently implements STEM education programs in Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Panama. Boeing, the Dart Foundation, Exxon and other institutions have partnered with PADF to advance STEM education in the Americas.

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The Pan American Development Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that unites civil society, governments, and the private sector to promote sustainable livelihoods, strengthen democracy, promote justice and security, and improve disaster resilience in Latin America and the Caribbean. Established by the Organization of American States in 1962, PADF has worked in every country in the region. Last year, more than 10 million people benefited from PADF’s work in sustainable community development. To get involved, visit www.padf.org.

Coral Gables, The City Beautiful, stands out as a rare pearl in South Florida. It is a cohesive community built on a grand scale that blends color, detail, and the Mediterranean Revival architectural style to create harmony with the environment. Early city planners and visionaries were influenced by the aesthetics of the City Beautiful Movement that swept across America in the early 1900s. With a population of approximately 51,000 residents, Coral Gables is a world-class city with a hometown feel. For more information, visit www.coralgables.com.

Contact: Luisa Villegas
Pan American Development Foundation
+1.202.458.3969, connect@padf.org

Contact: Maria Higgins Fallon
City of Coral Gables
305-460-5205, mfallon@coragables.com