The National Society of Black Engineers(NSBE)-Ghana had a grand celebration to mark their 20 years presence in Ghana and Africa at the University of Ghana, Legon, from 15th-18th August,2018. The celebration saw in attendance dignitaries from NSBE Chapters in the United States of America, Rwanda and the Gambia. The theme for the celebration was on Empowering Ghana’s Sustainable development through Innovative STEM Education in honor of its 20 years presence in Ghana as well as in Africa.
The three day event had a lot of activities including seminars, workshops, panel discussions, robotics competitions, an exhibition as well as an Awards and Dinner night to celebrate a number of people who assisted in the growth of the organization.
On the first day of the conference, Mr. Imoro Abdullai the Executive Director of NSBE-Ghana from 2009 till date gave a brief history of the organisation. Whiles speaking on this year’s theme of “empowering sustainable development through STEM education”, he stated that the theme was well chosen and that “when people come together for a common purpose a goal is achieved”.
Other speakers of international repute who graced the event included NSMQ mistress and Biomedical Engineer Senior Lecturer; Dr. Elsie Kaufmann and Dr. Elvis Tiburu, Head of Biomedical Engineering University of Ghana, NSBE Executive Director. Others included Dr. Karl Reid, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum (Deputy Minister of Education), S. Gordon Moore Jnr.,(Executive Director, Student Diversity and Inclusion USA) and Mathew Nelson (Chair Emeritus, NSBE USA) among many others.
There was an interesting panel discussion on Entrepreneurship and Innovation by Abdul Karim of Creatives Ghana, Cecil Nutakor; CEO of eCampus, Ato Appiah Ulzen founder of Ghana Think Foundation and Nkansah Crisford.
The exhibition stands at the conference were filled with awe inspiring projects by junior high school students. Sarah Boateng and Orlando Dzobo from Kpone Bawaleshie Junior high had developed a renewable Energy Pump that will prevent children from falling into wells and reservoirs in their community.
Another group from St. Maurice JHS had a project to encourage people living in urban homes in Ghana to engage in balcony gardening for vegetable crop production. A group from Teshie Aboma Presby School displayed their Biogas Digester which converts organic waste to gas that can be used domestically. Other exhibitioners were eCampus; a self-paced educational platform, Academic City College and a display of robots and miniature heavy industrial machinery by students.
Participants of the conference who had never left the confines of Accra had the pleasure of going on a road trip to Akosombo.
An industrial tour of the Akosombo Hydroelectric Dam, the world’s largest man-made lake; the Volta lake and a walk across the famous Adomi bridge created a lot of excitement among paticipants especially the junior high school students, who took the opportunity to strike the perfect pose for pictures.
Dr. Carl Reed; Executive Director of NSBE addressed the attendees at the closing ceremony at the University of Ghana, Law Auditorium. He expressed how proud he is of NSBE Ghana. During an interview with the Executive Director, he emphasized on this statement again and advised that in order to facilitate the development of NSBE Ghana, there should be a strong organisation or base with the help and involvement of NSBE members. Dr. Carl Reed stated that he foresees a future where Ghana plays a pivotal and important role in the growth of NSBE Africa.
In August 1998, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), International Committee and the National Executive Board, USA, made their first international visit to Africa specifically Ghana (The Gateway to West Africa) to establish the First Tertiary NSBE chapter at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology. Since then, the society has been impacting lives through Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and career paths.