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Addressing Gender Equality in STEM: Highlights from 14th ASEF ClassNet Conference

14th ASEF Classroom Network Conference #ASEFClassNet14

"ASEF blew my mind! It was a connection between the Arctic-Tropic axes of epic proportions. So much energy and so much passion from real teachers with real feelings who really care about education in their countries."Dr Jingmei LI, Senior Research Scientist, Genome Institute of Singapore (Speaker, 14th ASEF ClassNet Conference).

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The 14th ASEF Classroom Network Conference (#ASEFClassNet14) themed "Gender Equality: Reprogramming STEM Education" was held from 27-30 November 2018 in Helsinki and Espoo, Finland. ASEFClassNet14 brought together over 100 participants including policy-makers, scholars, pedagogical experts, education leaders and innovative secondary, high and vocational school teachers from 45 ASEM countries.

Through panel discussions and lectures from experts on the topic, the teacher participants enriched their understanding of gender and participated in debates and discussions to highlight why gender equality in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) is crucial today. Most importantly, it encouraged participants to debate how school leaders and governments can introduce initiatives to encourage more girls to study STEM in order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Encouraging Learning Beyond the Regular School Curriculum
Considering the value of integrating creativity, critical thinking, and team work in learning process, every year ASEF ClassNet Conference encourages teachers from Asia and Europe to propose and collaborate on projects that can empower students, with opportunities to learn beyond the regular school curriculum. This year 6 outstanding ASEF ClassNet School Collaborations were shortlisted from 19 Collaborations and awarded with Gold and Merit Awards at the 14th ASEF ClassNet Conference in Finland:

Gold Awards

Merit Awards

These 6 School Collaborations involved a total of 692 students, 53 teachers from 41 schools in 22 ASEM partner countries.

The 15th edition of the conference will take place in the second half of 2019 in Japan themed "AI in Education" (working title). More information on the upcoming conference will be annonced in the second quarter of 2019.