On September 25-29, the G7 Innovation Week took place. In this context, the chair of the G7 (Italy) organised three separate meetings on ICT, science and the labour market. The overarching theme was the Next Producation Evolution and the response of large industrialised economies. These meetings resulted in a large set of policy initiatives, plans and agreements which are summarised in the several declarations.
The G7 ICT and Industry Ministers' Declaration titled 'Making the Next production Revoloution Inclusive, Open and Secure' mentioned the greater access to STEM and computer science studies as a key priority for the inclusion of women in the digital economy. The declaration states that: "The global digital transformation can serve as a powerful economic catalyst for the economic empowerment and inclusion of women and girls. Greater access to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and computer science studies is therefore key for the inclusion of women in the digital economy. We welcome the G20 #eSkills4Girls initiative and other works that aim at tackling the existing gender digital divide by fostering digital skills and qualifications for women and girls in particular in low income and developing countries." (p. 8).
It’s more important than ever that Indigenous children in elementary and secondary schools study science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). STEM fields are critical to the future of work in Canada. Studies show there’s high demand for jobs requiring expertise in STEM areas. In fact, they’re growing by 4.6 per cent a year in Canada, compared to the 1.8 per cent annual growth of the job market as a whole.
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