Intel Corporation Uses Social Innovation to Empower and Educate Girls
Last month Intel Corporation furthered its global commitment towards education for girls and women by announcing a social innovation collaboration with 10x10, a global action campaign that aims to educate and empower girls around the world. Intel believes that broader access to education for girls and women will significantly advance social progress and help drive worldwide economic growth. Currently, millions of girls around the world have limited or no access to education. Intel's engagement with 10x10 features 10x10's full-length feature film, "Girl Rising," which is central to this program.
This film reveals the extraordinary stories of real girls tackling impossible odds on the road to education. Scheduled for a March 2013 premiere, the documentary amplifies the importance of investing in girls and aims to increase the understanding and empathy so people are compelled to take action. Research shows that educating girls breaks the cycle of generational poverty. Shelly Esque, Vice President of Intel's Corporate Affairs Group and President of the Intel Foundation, says, "Intel has worked for decades to improve education around the world. If we can close the education gap with girls, we will have transformed their lives and the lives of everyone they touch."
Through access to social innovation technology, scholarships and community learning programs Intel provides girls and women with opportunities for quality education and personal growth—all of which equip women with the access to the information they need to excel. With a 21st century skill set and a newfound level of confidence, girls and women can advance their ideas and personal drive to change their lives.
As a result, Intel has created a host of influential social innovation schemes, some of which are worth a quick mention, such as Intel Learn which provides opportunities for young learners in developing countries to gain key skills needed for tomorrow's success, focusing on technology literacy, problem-solving and collaboration. This initiative has reached approximately 900,000 girls and young women in 18 countries around the world since it was set up in 2004. Intel Teach provides K-12 teachers with the tools required to become stronger educators and make a difference in the lives of their students. To date, Intel has trained more than 5 million women teachers globally.
Ashoka Changemakers and Intel have created a partnership to launch "She Will Innovate: Technology Solutions Enriching the Lives of Girls," a competition open to social innovation everywhere. On November 14, 2012 more than $30,000 in prizes will be awarded to the best innovative digital technologies that enable girls and women to live healthier, smarter and more meaningful lives. In today’s global economy, Intel recognizes that curiosity, critical thinking and a strong foundation in math and science are necessary for tomorrow's workforce to compete for the high-tech jobs of the future. Over the last decade it has, with the Intel Foundation, invested more than $1 billion, while Intel employees have donated close to 3 million volunteer hours toward improving education in more than 60 countries.