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The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) - Ghana, will commemorate the UN International day of Girls and Women in Science on Friday, 9th February, 2018 at Soronko Academy, East Legon, Accra.
The United Nations has been celebrating this day since 2016, which aims to encourage greater participation and empowerment of girls and women in science.
NSBE has been spearheading the recognition of this day amongst the student fraternity in Ghana since its inception by the UN, having its first celebration at the All Nations University College (ANUC), Koforidua in 2016 and at Ghana Technology University College (GTUC), Accra in 2017.
Science is seen as a motor for human rights and empowerment for the eradication of poverty and for the protection of the planet, yet women are underrepresented in their research and development in all regions of the world, making up only 28% of existing researchers according to UNESCO.
NSBE’s mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. This year, in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Soronko Academy, NSBE will host close to 80 female senior and junior high schools students from the environs of LEKMED and East Legon.
Female engineering students from the University of Ghana Legon (UG), Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) as well as the Accra Technical University will be volunteering at the event with the aim of promoting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) among the younger participants.
Participants will have the opportunity to network with women who have reached great heights in various fields of science.
The Chairperson for the event is the Secretary General of Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, Ama Serwaa Nerquaye-Tetteh. Special guests will include Victoria Ansah (LEKMED Municipal Science Coordinator), Berthy Buah (Greater Accra Regional Science coordinator) and Olivia S. Opare (National Science coordinator) from the Ghana Education Service and Dr. Elsie B.A Effah Kaufmann; Ghana’s renowned Quiz mistress and a Patron of NSBE.
Regina Honu of Soronko Academy will be speaking on “Closing the gender gap in computer science” from Room IV, UNESCO Headquarters Paris, France.