Why does STEM matter?
Capacity building in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is a key element in economic and social development.
Capacity building in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) is a key element in economic and social development. Promoting science education at all levels, and enabling scientific literacy in society in general, is a fundamental building block to establishing a country’s capacity in science and technology.
STEM subjects will act as catalysts for the attainment of the UN's 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. They are important drivers for innovation, proposing new approaches and solutions to tackle existing and emerging challenges to sustainable development, inclusive growth and social wellbeing.
STEM careers are considered as ‘the job’ of the future; the European Parliament forecasts around 7 million new STEM jobs by 2025 in Europe alone. To achieve STEM’s potential, both boys and girls, men and women need equal access to STEM education and careers.
STEM education and STE"A"M, with the inclusion of arts and humanities, is therefore important to increase public awareness and understanding. It will inspire and empower developing countries to build up a critical mass of scientists, researchers and engineers to enable full participation in the global economy.