Vodafone, KNUST Partners to promote STEM education

Vodafone Ghana Foundation has speed up its leadership in STEM education by partnering the KNUST College of Engineering to deliver its annual Cygnus Girls boot camp.

The 4 day Cygnus camp, a brainchild of the College of Engineering, empowers girls in STEM across second-cycle schools in the country with new trends in technology, new thinking, innovation and creativity.

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Vodafone’s support was specifically in the area digital skills including coding, online education, mentoring and entrepreneurship.

A total number of 300 participants, made up of 90% of females, attended the session.

In his statement, Provost of the College of Engineering, KNUST, Prof. Mark Adom-Asamoah, charged the participants to embrace technology as a vital platform for success.

“This boot camp is one of the many avenues we are adopting to immerse prospective students in the theory and practice of technology and engineering ahead of their enrollment as first-year students of the college. Harnessing talent and creativity must be done at an early stage and we are happy to be contributing to the empowerment of these participants.”

However, in a statement delivered on behalf of the Chairperson of the Vodafone Foundation, Corporate Relations Manager, Ebenezer Amankwah said: “There’s nothing impossible if you set your mind to be successful against all odds. Be sure to know yourself and what you want.

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Believe in yourself and know that a mastery of technology is critical for future success. Don’t be perturbed by the seeming uncertainty; take the skills being dished out at the camp seriously – Coding, mentoring, advisory and innovation – and become a critical mass for the future.”

 

Meanwhile, Vodafone’s contribution to digital empowerment has been consistent over the years, with their Instant Schools and National Coding programmes, serving as avenues to digitally leave no one behind.

The coding programme is looking to impact a total of 5,000 youth with basic and advanced skills in the next five years whilst its digital education platform – Instant Schools – has received over 7-million visits on its website since its introduction in 2017.

 

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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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