CABEI promotes the inclusion of Honduran female students in university careers related to sciences and engineering


The beneficiaries will be part of a theoretical and practical training of the CIPOT@S Project: Studying STEM.

Tegucigalpa, August 26, 2021 – In order to encourage the participation of young Honduran women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) is supporting the Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana (UNITEC) in the implementation of a program aimed at increasing their interest in studying a university degree in this field and thus reducing gender gaps.

The program, which is sponsored by CABEI for US$15,000, will benefit 40 young people with academic excellence who are in their final year of high school in public schools in the Central District and Sula Valley in Honduras, enabling them to participate in a bootcamp focused on developing skills and opportunities in STEM areas.

"We continue to promote educational inclusion that highlights the talent of Honduran women through access to higher education that positions them as protagonists in the areas of science, technology and innovation. In this sense, it is vital to support education and reduce gender gaps in order to contribute to economic growth and the promotion of social development in our region," said CABEI Executive President, Dr. Dante Mossi.

The theoretical and practical training is part of the CIPOT@S Project: Studying STEM, which will begin in September 2021 with a duration of 16 weeks. In the first two weeks, the students will strengthen their knowledge of mathematical logic, and from the third day they will study programming or coding; there will also be learning exchanges led by female engineers and experts in science and technology.

Each participant will be provided with a laptop with the programs and platforms, modem, internet service and a program with an artificially intelligent learning and evaluation system (ALEKS).  UNITEC will grant full scholarships to 4 young women in the group who obtain the best grades, and partial scholarships to the rest of the beneficiaries who complete their studies.