HP Innovation Journal Issue 10: Fall 2018 - Page 30

As part of this initiative, HP is working with elite colleges and universities to expand applied research on campus in order to explore the most effective and impactful use cases in virtual reality, augmented reality and 3D printing. Participants include Dartmouth College, Florida International University College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts, Miami Beach Urban Studios, Gallaudet University, Hamilton College, Harrisburg University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Lehigh University, Syracuse Un iversity, University of San Diego and Yale University. According to global advocacy organization Women Deliver, According to an HP LIFE survey of women participating in the program, of illiterate adults are women. said that the program had increased their confidence in their future. 2/3 84% EQUAL AND EQUITABLE LEARNING As we skill up the future workforce, it’s essential that we address the 264 million people who currently lack access to basic educational resources. Underserved and marginalized populations need both basic education and digital skills to participate in an evolving workforce. Among these populations, women are particularly vulnerable. According to global advocacy organization Women Deliver, only 29% of countries have achieved education gender parity at the upper secondary level, and two-thirds of illiterate adults are women. Illiteracy is linked to economic disadvantage, low self-esteem, low political participation and negative impact on human health. There are positive signs that women’s participation in the labor force is growing. According to Pew Research, women make up more than 40 percent of the workforce in more than 80 countries. It’s estimated that one billion women, mostly in the developing world, will enter the formal economy and become new economic contributors in the next decade. Students work in HP's World on Wheels mobile learning lab. In March 2018, HP and Women Deliver launched a 15-month partnership through the NGO’s “Young Leaders” program. HP is providing support and technology to drive the young leaders’ advocacy platforms. These platforms—which aim to educate populations around critical issues such as literacy, reproductive health and ending child marriage—will spark opportunities for inclusive learning and sustainable impact. We are also helping address the education gender parity gap through HP LIFE (Learning Initiative for Entrepreneurs), a program of the HP Foundation. HP LIFE is free to use, and the 28 online courses, available in seven languages, are designed to enable anyone to access essential business and IT skills training. According to an HP LIFE survey of women participating in the program, 84 percent said that the program had increased their confidence in their future. Innovation Journal Issue Ten Syrian students at the Azraq Refugee Camp in Jordan learn in-demand digital skills with HP Learning Studios.