Ghana

1,000 Girls To Receive Free Engineering Training

The
Space Science System Research Institute (SSSRI), Ghana’s first private
space science institute, is to train about 1,000 girls from the basic and
Senior High Schools (SHSs) across the country in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). 

According
to the institute, science and gender equality are vital to the achievement of
international development goals, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable
Development.  

Over
the past 15 years, the global community has made strenuous effort to engage
more females in science, but a few of them continue to pursue science related
courses. 

To
this end, SSSRI has decided to sponsor 1,000 girls in STEM Education free of
charge to commemorate this year’s United Nations International Women and Girls
in STEM Education Day, which falls today.

The
day is celebrated to inspire creativity among females through promoting hands-on
practical base activities that demonstrate and integrate science,
technology, engineering, and mathematics.

It
is also to equip the females with the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes
to live and develop in the contemporary world of evolving science and
technology. 

Kow
Nketsia-Richardson, Director of Communications of SSRI, told DAILY
GUIDE
that STEM Education had been recognized as a key driver in
equipping learners with hands-on skills to effect changes in society.

“Our
goal is to ensure that young girls become empowered, cultivate confidence and
develop a deeper understanding that everything is possible in life,” he
added. 

 “Apart
from cultivating students’ interest in science, SSSRI aims to strengthen
students’ ability to integrate and apply knowledge and skills across different
STEM disciplines,” he stated. 

He
mentioned that through the promotion of STEM education in schools, a versatile
pool of talents with different sets and levels of skills to enhance the
competitiveness of Ghanaian students would be realized.

“We have been promoting STEM education among schools in a holistic and coherent manner, with strategies that embrace renewing the curricula of the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education,” he added.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi