On International Day of the Girl, HP and non-profit Girl Rising have launched new curriculum and technology solutions to equip up to 10 million students and teachers in a multi-year partnership targeting communities in the United States, India and Nigeria.
The program is a large part of HP’s goal of enabling better learning outcomes for 100 million people by 2025.
“We are thrilled to once again partner with HP – a company committed to social impact and at the forefront of innovation in the classroom – to radically scale our efforts to ensure girls everywhere have the knowledge, skills and confidence to decide their own futures,” said Christina Lowery, chief executive of Girl Rising, a non-profit dedicated to eradicating poverty by providing education to girls.
“We are devoted to this cause because it is a proven catalyst: giving girls access to education and opportunity is the most effective factor in transforming pressing global issues including health, poverty, and climate change."
More than 130 million girls globally continue to lack access to education and women account for two-thirds of the 750 million adults without basic literacy skills. HP will include Girl Rising’s teacher training modules focused on youth empowerment and life skills in HP Education Edition PCs.
Targeted toward primary and secondary schools, HP will also deploy a suite of curricula and a library of content to accompany the HP School Pack, a suite of software pre-loaded onto HP’s EHP Education Edition PC.
“HP prides itself on bringing out the best of humanity through the power of technology,” said Michele Malejki, global head, social impact programs, HP. “Girl Rising is doing groundbreaking work to empower women and girls around the world.
"This has never been more important, and our collaboration will equip millions of both students and teachers with the curriculum and technology they need to thrive.”
With the goal to develop the next generation of female leaders, the HP Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurship (HP Life) – a free e-learning program from the HP Foundation created to support entrepreneurship and skills development – will provide additional curriculum in the three markets.
HP School Packs, a suite of software for educators, will also be available for the duration of the program. HP will evaluate additional opportunities for Girl Rising content and curricula distribution, including new products and services, as well as additional partners to scale the program over the next three years.
Last month, during UN General Assembly, HP Inc and UN Women signed an agreement to advance education, entrepreneurship and digital learning for women and girls in five priority countries: Senegal, South Africa, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Morocco.
And last year, HP and Girl Rising told 12 stories of female empowerment from around the globe as part of the first Girl Rising Creative Challenge.