Ever wondered what STEM and STEAM stand for? For the uninitiated, STEM(science, technology, engineering, mathematics) and STEAM(which includes the arts) describe an educational curriculum that is gaining popularity by the day because of the advent of technologies－such as artificial intelligence, the internet of things and augmented and virtual reality－and the concurrent rise in demand for technical talent.
According to Farooqui, schools are out of reach for hundreds of millions of children, mainly on account of both real and hidden costs associated with enrollment. Even government schools that are supposedly free of charge for things such as books, stationery and uniforms, placing an additional burden on parents. In many cases, this becomes a formidable challenge, keen as they are on imparting quality education to their children.
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