2019 Best Commitment to Education Finalists

Mastercard

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Mastercard Finalist Photo
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Now in 26 countries, Girls4Tech™ is Mastercard’s STEM education program for girls aged 8–15. Based on Mastercard’s technology foundation–cryptology, fraud detection, digital convergence, and more–Girls4Tech introduces girls to the various skills a STEM career can leverage.

In honor of the program’s fifth anniversary on April 16, 2019, Mastercard announced a goal to reach 1 million girls by 2025 and deepen its engagement by launching Girls4Tech 2.0 and Girls4Tech Cyber & AI.

Mastercard is leveraging its employee expertise to inspire young girls to build STEM skills to become leaders of tomorrow. Of the girls who have participated in Girls4Tech to date, 96% say they learned something new about STEM.


SAP SE

SAP focuses its corporate social responsibility on underserved or marginalized people globally to help them attain relevant 21st century skills to secure meaningful work in the digital world.

SAP executes on this goal through a train-the-trainer approach to transfer digital skills and the SAP Social Sabbatical pro bono program to strengthen partner organizations. In 2018, SAP engaged 2.8 million youth in 93 countries in 21st century skills programming. Train-the-trainer programming certified 34,000 teachers in coding languages. Additionally, SAP and its partners in India and the Middle East and North African countries accelerated 50,000 people to employment through advanced education and certification courses and created more than 2,500 jobs.

The SAP Social Sabbatical has so far placed more than 1,000 employees with 341 organizations in 41 countries, delivering 279,000 service hours.


Tata Consultancy Services

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TCS Citizens
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Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) created Ignite My Future in School to assist under-resourced U.S. schools in educating students for the new economy. 

Computational thinking is the foundational skill that will prepare today’s students to be employable in any career. Fewer than 1.5 million of the 50 million K-12 students are learning any form of computing skills, while only 10,000 of 3.1 million teachers are equipped to teach computing concepts. 

Ignite My Future in School lesson plans integrate computational thinking into core subjects and align with existing education standards. Teachers receive free hands-on professional development, and parents are introduced to computational thinking through Ignite My Future in School Community Nights. 

By 2021, TCS aims to impact 20,000 teachers and 1 million students.