Resolution of the United Nations General Assembly marked annually on 11th February is the International Day of Women and Girls in Science. This day is used to promote full and equal access to and participation in science for Women and Girls, and also to recognize the critical role Women and Girls play in Science and Technology.
Takoradi Hive also took part in this year’s big celebration to also honour Women and Girls in STEM in Sekondi-Takoradi and its environs by launching a new project for young girls interested in STEM. The event was focused on encouraging young girls in the junior high and senior high school levels to pursue any STEM-related subject that interests them. Women in IT from Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), AmaliTech Training Academy, teachers and students from Fijai Senior High School and Seventh Day Adventists Basic School were present at the event.
The event commenced at 10 am at the Takoradi Hive Conference room. General Manager for Takoradi Hive, Mr Bright Bruce-Acquaye and the Community Manager, John Adade hosted the event. The speakers for the event were Yvonne Yawson, Diane Missewou, Lois Young, and Anita Twumasi Ankrah from AmaliTech Training Academy, and Veronica Agblerwornu from GTUC. Chelsy Sey from YFM Takoradi also passed through to share a few words with the young girls.
The forum was in three parts – two-panel sessions and the official launch of Takoradi Hive’s Women in Stem project. The first session was aimed at encouraging the young girls to pursue their interest in STEM. The speakers shared their stories and experiences with the young girls to help them better understand the opportunities available to them through STEM.
The second session was focused on explaining what STEM is really about in a bit more detail to give the young girls a sense of direction. This helped them understand which courses to pursue to suit their interest and career path. At the end of each session was an interactive segment, where the young girls asked questions to better understand what was shared with them.
The final part of the forum was the launch of the Women in STEM project by Takoradi Hive. The GM of Takoradi Hive introduced the project as Ewuraba, which was named after strong women with substance. Ewuraba is an Akan word which means a lady. Ewuraba is aimed at training young girls in STEM-related fields which will give them the basis to further pursue careers in STEM. Ewuraba training will focus on IoT, Coding, Robotics, Website Development and more.
The event lasted for 2 hours 15 minutes and had participants leave with a new understanding of STEM, with a stronger resolve to pursue their interests in STEM.