New Skills Dev’t Initiative Aims to Bring Ghanaian Girls into STEM

Ghanaian girls in STEM

Accra, Ghana, February 12, 2019//-FemiTI, a new initiative in Ghana that aims to improve the country’s innovation, competitiveness and productivity by bringing more girls into the formal digital fold has taken off.

The project initiated by the DreamOval Foundation in partnership with SAP is aimed at training young girls to develop problem-solving skills through coding and robotics and empower them to facilitate technology creation to generate opportunities for societal transformation, thereby ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education.

According to reports, 75% of girls in Ghana attend primary school, but there’s a significant drop in girls in high school and college.

The DreamOval Foundation believes this gap can be bridged through the active development of women by introducing them to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-related programmes.

Francis Ahene-Affoh, Senior Vice President at the DreamOval Foundation, said: “We believe in empowering women in the 21st century as they play a key role in the development process.

We identified these girls from underprivileged communities who can be empowered digitally to become problem-solvers for their communities.”

Cathy Smith, Managing Director at SAP Africa, said this has implications for efforts toward building peaceful, prosperous and sustainable communities.

“Our support for FemiTI is in line with our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially as they related to Gender Equality (#5) and Quality Education (#4) and aligns well with our broader activities to bring more women into the digital fold, including Africa Code Week, Women in Data Science and #SheInnovates.”

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