GIS Project is created with the common vision of the INTED (Institute of Technology, Economics and Diplomacy) that is interrelated in areas such as education, economy, international relations, and diplomacy; and this project aims to pique girls’ curiosity in the STEM field at an early age by raising awareness of global culture and science. The project goal is to raise awareness and have a better understanding of global education & science and cultural exchange in female students in the 6th grade. Girls will be able to explore the importance of STEM, and take what they learn during the program into consideration for their future employment participation.
In 2016, the GIS Project announced as an international STEM project between Turkey, South Korea, China and USA. According to the Global Gender Gap Report, Turkey is ranked as the 125th country among 142 countries. 93% of girls and 95% of boys continue elementary school; and the difference in schooling rate actually shows itself in university education, where the rate of male university students is 11% higher than female students. The rate of women graduating schools lower than high school level is 26.3%, while the rate of high school graduate women is 32.1% and the rate of vocational technical high school graduate women is 39.3%. Although the rate of college graduate women has increased to 72.2%, there is room for improvement nonetheless. Increasing information availability, skills in STEM and interest of the young population of Turkey and educating them correctly will provide the appropriate planning of employment. In TIMSS (Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study) and PISA (The Program for International Student Assessment), conducted by OECD researches, it is known that female Turkish students within the age of 15 are majorly behind internationally in science and mathematics skills. This fact causes many discussions, but there are no concrete and wide-scale actions about this matter.
Raise awareness and have a better understanding of global education & science and cultural exchange in female students in the 6th grade.
To pique girls’ curiosity in the STEM field at an early age.
To help integrate disadvantage groups such as the Syrian refugees into the community and provide opportunities to continue their education.
Encourage students to take STEM into consideration when forming the basis of their future.
Acknowledge the importance of the role STEM plays at the earliest age possible, especially in the regions of Turkey, South Korea, China, and the USA.
Increase the students’ interest in to the STEM education through practical way.
Help them to enjoy learning and allow students to gain self-confidence related to the subject.
To emphasizes the importance of sending girls to school.
Providing a basis for girls to improve their teamwork and project development skills.
GIS PROJECT 2016
Engaged 800 6thgrade girls, which included 700 Turkish & 100 Syrian girls.
5700 applications in total from 7 cities for GIS Camps.
2500 people had the opportunity to learn about STEM through GIS Camps.
255 students (175 university & 80 high school students) applied as volunteers.
Engaged with worldwide foundations.
9 international organizations were involved with GIS Project.
1100 audience members attended the 1st GIS International Conference
From a raffle, 70 students received tablets, 70 students joined to TUBITAK Summer School, 7 students attended #GISCampSiliconValley & 7 attended #GISCampSeoul
GIS PROJECT 2017
Engaged 900 6th grade girls, which included 700 Turkish & 200 Syrian girls.
8200 applications in total from 7 cities for GIS Camps.
4000 people had the opportunity to learn about STEM through GIS Camps.
670 students (450 university & 220 high school students) applied as volunteers.
Engaged with worldwide foundations.
1000 audience members attended the 2nd GIS International Conference.
From a raffle, 7 students attended #GISCampSiliconValley & 7 attended #GISCampShanghai
GIS Project was introduced on national & international newspapers, news channels & educational magazines from March 2017 to September 2017.
GIS PROJECT 2018
The World Bank Family Network Book Project in Washington DC provided books for the children.
Transformed a nursery class which is located in Harran, Şanlıurfa.
The class was rebuilt as an early childhood STEM classroom with STEM materials.
Volunteers from Turkey, South Korea, and Philippines worked together that impacted children.
GIS PROJECT 2019