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.
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.