Honeywell Center for Advancing Girls in Science will benefit 500 Avasara students and 12,000 students from Government and low-budget schools
Avasara Leadership Institute announced the launch of the Honeywell Center for Advancing Girls in Science, a transformative science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for bright, young girls in middle and high school in Pune.
Funded by Honeywell Hometown Solutions India Foundation (HHSIF), the program will empower 500 Avasara students with an experiential, project-based science curriculum. The program seeks to inculcate critical thinking and problem-solving mindsets among girls 11-18 years of age. Additionally, the center will support 12,000 students from government and low-budget schools across Pune through Young Scientist STEM camps.
“Gender inequality in education has an outsized effect on girls’ ability to succeed or even pursue fundamental education beyond their adolescent years,” said Roopa Purushothaman, Founder, Avasara Leadership Institute.
The school block features classrooms, laboratories, and dormitories. It is built on sustainability principles such as passive heating and cooling, solar panels for off-grid power supply, waste and water recycling, and extensive use of fly ash bricks and recycled material.
Ashish Gaikwad, Managing Director of Honeywell India commented, “At Honeywell, we understand the importance of STEM education and its potential to help solve some of the toughest challenges that the future will bring. Our aim is to inspire and nurture these talents for a long time to come through initiatives such as this.”