Bridging the gender gap in Science fields require that young women are well-informed of the opportunities and challenges that exist in the job market.

Officials of Millennium Development Authority, organisers of the Ghana Power Compact Internship and Mentoring Program (GPCIMP) are at the Koforidua Technical University to inform students about the 2019 Call for Applications. The GPCIMP is funded by Millennium Challenge

The Ghana Power Compact Internship & Mentoring Program seeks to support female students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to:

  • gain practical skills relevant for the job market in energy sector;
  • build their confidence and improve their coping skills to deal with stereotypes about, and negative attitudes towards women in STEM, and
  • strengthen networking for employment

Welcome Address By Mr. Peter Yaw Kosoe Acting Industrial Liaison Officer On The Occasion Of The Ghana Internship And Mentoring Programme On Stem On Monday 11th March 2019

Mr./Madam Chairperson, Professor (Mrs.) Smile Dzisi, Vice-Chancellor, Management Team of KTU, Distinguished Guest from the Millennium Development Authority, Our Dear Students, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It is with great honour and pleasure that I welcome you all to this Ghana Internship and Mentoring Programme today.

Promoting Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education is a top priority of the Management of Koforidua Technical University for which reason continuous efforts are made to empower students especially females in the development of their potentials to success.

Mr. Chairman

In today’s rapidly changing globalized world, success is driven not only by what we know, but by what we can do with what we know. It is therefore more important than ever for our youth, particularly females to be equipped with cross disciplinary knowledge and skills, and the ability to apply them in real world contexts.

Despite the growing excitement about STEM careers in Ghana and across Africa, it is fair to say there are challenges and that is why we need more highly trained professionals with the right kind of expertise to promote STEM. In the next few

minutes, our experts would give us the opportunity to learn some of the great things happening here in Ghana on STEM.

Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen,

As educators, we know the importance of this mentorship in capturing students’ curiosity at an early age. This will encourage students to think critically and reflectively about the world around them. This will empower the young Ghanaian female to act responsibly for a better community.

We are therefore honoured to have volunteers who have dedicated their time to guide us through the mentoring programme. This is an opportune time for our young female students to engage and to learn about science by inquiry through the different interactive sections that would be made available to them.

We look forward to our continued collaboration with the Millennium Development Authority in developing our young females not only in becoming scientifically literate but more so as members of a humane society.

Once again, I would like to extend my gratitude to all those who in diverse ways helped this mentoring programme possible. Welcome and have a fruitful and enjoyable science exploration! Thank you

PETER YAW KOSOE
ACTING INDUSTRIAL LIAISON OFFICER