The Institute for Gender, Research, Education, and Development (IGRED), honored an invitation to introduce two beneficiaries of their STEM Mentorship programme to the Deputy Minister for Education of Ghana; Honorable Reverend. Ntim Fordjour.
Franklina Owusua and Vivian Atsor, both 11 years old and primary five students of Kwaku Panfo M/A basic school in the Ga south municipality, led by their headmaster, Mr. Isaac Painstil, and teachers, Joel Nkrumah Kwafo & David Eduful, were introduced to the Hon. Minister.
Led by Noelyne Mensah; the CEO for iGRED, and Oheneba Prempeh; the Creative Strategy and Communications Director, iGRED has previously had fruitful conversations with the Honorable Deputy Minister about its STEM initiatives that seek to encourage participation and shape the aspirations of the girl-child, and encourage the interests of women in STEM fields.
The Honorable Minister emphasized that IGREDs goal of ensuring gender parity in STEM education and careers, aligns firmly with the Ministry of Education’s vision for girls in STEM.
The Minister further highlighted governments effort to make #STEM resource centers widespread across the country to achieve this goal through capacity building.
The Honorable Minister was excited to meet
Franklina & Vivian, the talented girls had been discovered through IGRED’s STEM mentorship programme. He assured the girls that they were going to be among other talented children across the country who were going to be trained in under the Ministry’s #STEM initiative called GATES, specially structured to empower the populations Ghanaian children whose unique skills demand other training outside mainstream education.
The two talented gifted girls presented the Honorable Minister with their internet-breaking cardboard model houses. These girls are our future engineers and architects!
Hon. Ntim Fordjour and Madam Angela Affran; the technical adviser to the Education Minister, were both blown away by the work of art that was presented.
The Honourable Minister commended iGRED on its efforts in promoting STEM education, especially among girls and children, through its mentorship programme.
IGRED remains committed to creating relevant support networks and empowerment avenues for talented girls, in order to harness their fullest potentials to impact the society and world at large.
IGRED calls on stakeholders, investors, philanthropists and professionals in STEM fields, to partner with us, to make an indelible and lasting impact in the lives of our future leaders.