Ethiopian Airlines, Boeing and ThinkYoung have launched the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, otherwise known as STEM School, an initiative designed to equip young individuals and teachers in Ethiopia with the necessary skills for better employment opportunities, a statement from the airline has said.
The airline said that the programme focuses on underprivileged African youth especially women, fostering their pursuit of higher education in STEM with a focus on aviation.
The statement hinted that STEM School would be hosted at the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation University, leveraging the expertise of the flagship carrier of Ethiopia.
This collaboration, Ethiopian said would ensure that students and teachers benefit from the extensive knowledge and resources of the fastest growing Airline in Africa, enhancing their educational experience and providing them with real-world insights.
Speaking on the programme, Mr. Mesfin Tasew, Ethiopian Airlines Group Chief Executive Officer (GCEO), expressed delight with the collaboration with Boeing and ThinkYoung for the launching of the STEM school initiative.
Tasew insisted that this initiative would help the Ethiopian youths to succeed in education and in their future careers, primarily in aviation fields, and to become the next generation of innovators.
“We believe in going at a compatible pace with the speed of technology and being prepared for future demands. This cooperation and initiative will develop young people to meet the future needs of the fast-growing Ethiopian aviation industry,” he said.
A comprehensive, immersive program spanning six weeks, the STEM School will provide over 300 hours of classes and hands-on training.
The program would welcome 24 students in grades 11-12 from different regions of Ethiopia.
Fifty per cent of students would be girls, while the students would learn the basics of STEM, coding and programming as well as soft skills such as teamwork and problem-solving.