As part of efforts to help young girls realize their potential and break stereotypes about women in STEM fields, Academic City University College has partnered with the Vodafone Ghana Foundation to deliver a three-day training to 50 girls on STEM and plastic waste recycling.
The girls received training in a variety of subjects, including programming, electronics and the Internet of Things, 3D design and printing, artificial intelligence, and the recycling of plastic bottles, tea bags, and more. pure water, vehicle tires, among others.
During the three-day workshop, the young girls developed an interest in collaborative problem-solving and were challenged to come up with innovative, long-term solutions to environmental problems that used plastic waste as well as technologies. cutting-edge such as artificial intelligence and robotics.
It brought together participants from a variety of backgrounds, including university and senior high school students, people with physical disabilities, school dropouts, vocational students and professionals, among other groups.
Reverend Dr. Joyce Aryee, Tracy ‘Sarkcess’ Owusu Addo and Kobby Kyei were among the special guests who attended the ceremony.
The event is part of the festivities commemorating World Recycling Day, which aims to raise awareness and highlight the essential role of recycling in sustaining Ghana’s priceless natural resources and the long-term sustainability of the planet.
Speaking at the event, Dr. Lucy Agyepong, Dean of Engineering at Academic City said, “We were privileged when the Vodafone Ghana Foundation approached us to partner with this program. We were very happy to make our facilities available to these young girls so that they could have a hands-on experience and build things from recyclable materials for three days. This is because we are a strong advocate for all things green and this initiative is very similar to how we teach here at Academic City.
According to her, such an initiative is essential to ensure that our society benefits from the talents and skills of all members of the population and not only of men.
“If we cannot accept that society must work harder to encourage and motivate girls and women to pursue careers in STEM fields, we will have wasted the brainpower of more than half of the world’s population. And, as you probably know, women make up more than half of the world’s population,” she added.
Amaris Nana Adjei Perbi, Country Manager, Vodafone Ghana Foundation, said, “To wrap up our March Born Anniversary Stars project and celebrate International Women’s Month and Global Recycling Month, we brought together 50 girls from diverse backgrounds to teach them STEM-related activities and recycling projects. This productive program allowed them to build things they could not have imagined. They invented 3D printing of recycled products and waste to build trash cans, sinks and other objects.
“Besides the 3-day training before the creation and recycling challenge, we guide them to start their own business to enjoy their incredible creations. That this initiative has allowed young girls, especially dropouts, to create their own material is wonderful. We are excited to coach them and help them achieve their goals in society,” he added.
Dr. Joyce Aryee.
Some of the girls are working on their project.
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