Education Exchange: What are schools doing to address the gender digital divide and is it enough?

The underrepresentation of girls and women in STEM education and careers is concerning, given that these fields are frequently described as the cornerstone of future employment opportunities, driving innovation, social welfare, and sustainable development.

In our webinar on 24 April, 4pm – 5pm (UK time), we will discuss how to integrate digital skills into girls' daily lives. This is essential for ensuring equal opportunities for women and girls in accessing the internet, participating in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths) education, and pursuing careers in technology and science. The discussion will also encompass the need for cultural transformation to facilitate girls' complete engagement in digital and online learning, as well as accessing skill development for a more equitable future.

About the panel

This is a panel event, with speakers from around the world, followed by questions from the audience. 

Linda Cardiff

Linda is a Project Lead for The Camden Education Trust, a global education not for profit company with charitable status. The Camden Education Trust partners with GOOGLE, SAP, UNESCO, UNECA, Irish Aid, BMZ/GIZ and local partners to deliver a range of projects including the World Robot Olympiad and the Women Empowerment Program (WEP).

As part of her role, Linda oversees the successful delivery of the WEP to educators across 40 African countries. The online program brings together African women educators and leaders to provide high-level professional development for participants in the areas of leadership, communications, digital skills, gender equality, global citizenship, and resilience. Linda works closely with a range of corporate partners, governments, and family foundations to lead this program as a sustainable educational initiative.

Linda was the Principal Researcher on Inspiring Women, an educational design research study that explored new methods of inquiry and analysis to make the history of women more accessible, interesting and relatable to post-primary students. She collaborated with history teachers to identify and compile suitable history content that included AI powered 3D volumetric holograms to inspire student interest in a variety of careers relating to STEM.  

Linda has extensive experience working in the technology industry and in the education sector. She has coordinated the implementation of Government and Industry led projects that articulate how digital education transforms teaching and learning outcomes. Projects included EU Code Week, Hour of Code and a Digital Youth Council.

Natalija Budinski

Natalija Budinski is a math teacher in Serbia, currently on a principal position. Field of her interest are innovation in education, STEM education and teaching mathematics trough art activities. She created several projects that support girls in choosing future careers in the STEM fields, and projects that raise awareness about digital safety. Natalija has been honoured as one of the top three hundred most innovative Microsoft educators globally. Additionally, she has been recognised as a change maker in the 'All Digital' initiative, Euroguidance, Europeana, and European Schoolnet, as well as being a recipient of the Teacher Excellence and Achievement Fulbright Scholarship.