May 9, 2017
PwC is proud to announce it’s new strategic partners for the 21st Century Minds (21CM) program. We are continuing our relationship with Little Scientists and Teach for Australia. Both organisations are focused on education in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) and have been working with us for the past 12 months as part of our 21CM Accelerator program.
Little Scientists and Teach for Australia will each receive $250,000 of in-kind services and will work with a PwC partner sponsor to determine how the firm can best support their growth.
“We’re really excited to continue partnering with these two fantastic initiatives to help lift STEM education and promote the skills that are vital for our country’s future prosperity,” PwC Managing Partner and STEM Leader, Tony Peake said.
“We need better STEM content and skills development in the early years of education but it can be difficult to get support for spending because the economic payback doesn’t happen until the individual is through the education system and earning a wage,” he said.
Little Scientists run workshops for early education providers to empower them to implement age-appropriate STEM exploration. This year, PwC will support them in taking their workshops to regional and remote communities.
Teach for Australia help high-achieving graduates and professionals start work as teachers in some of Australia’s most disadvantaged schools. The organisation is working to remedy the “out-of-field” issue teachers often face (teaching a subject without specific training in that subject) by getting the nation’s brightest STEM teachers into disadvantaged classrooms.
Speaking about the opportunity, Sibylle Seidler from Little Scientists said: “Little Scientists Australia is excited and proud to have been chosen by PwC for a strategic relationship. As a not-for-profit organisation with the overarching objective of making high quality education accessible to all children we strongly identify with PwC’s purpose “of building trust in society and solving important problems”.
“We truly believe that we can change the educational landscape of Australia. Together with our Early Childhood educators and teachers, and strong strategic partners, we ignite curious minds. We know collaboration is key to our success and long-term impact. So, it is with great joy, excitement and pride, that we are partnering with PwC.”
Founder and CEO Melodie Potts Rosevear from Teach For Australia added: “We’re excited that PwC have seen merit in the Teach For Australia program, particularly as 40 to 50 per cent of our participants are from STEM backgrounds and teach STEM subjects in disadvantaged secondary schools.
“We are thrilled PwC will work with us to understand what further value there might be to bringing such STEM specialists into earlier years, for example early childhood and primary education settings. This is such an important priority for our students and also our nation’s prosperity.”
For more information read the press release here.