My team at European Schoolnet just completed our white paper financed by Cisco.
From the press release:
"A high number of female students are not pursuing further studies or careers in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector, despite having good basic computing skills, according to a study and white paper by European Schoolnet, commissioned by Cisco. The study can be downloaded from www.eun.org/whitepaper."
Some key recommendations from the report to address the problem:
- Public-private partnership could play a role in changing perceptions about industry, by giving access to more realistic and authentic information about ICT and ICT careers.
- Need to ensure accurate information about ICT is available to teachers, pupils and their parents.
- Numerous initiatives launched, but mainstreaming is required to have a systemic impact.