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.
NSBE will be commemorating the UN international day of Girls and Women in Science on Friday 9th February instead of the internationally recognized date of 11th February which falls on a Sunday.
United Nations has been celebrating this day since 2016 and 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.
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 University of Ghana, Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) as well as 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 probe the minds and network with women who have reached great heights in various fields of science.
Chairperson for the event is the Secretary General of Ghana National Commission for UNESCO, Ama Serwaa Nerquaye-Tetteh. Special guests will include Victoria Ansah (Municipal Science Coordinator), Berthy Buah (Regional Science coordinator) and Olivia S. Opare (National Science coordinator) from the Ghana Education Service and Dr. Elsie B.A Effah Kauffman; 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.
Join us on Friday 9th February as we celebrate and promote girls and women in Science!
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