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Train more women in technical and technological skills – KNUST VC

The current vice chancellor of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Professor Mrs Rita Akosua Dickson is advising Ghanaian educators to strengthen their efforts in training women in technical and technological skills.

She emphasised that technological education of the female child is a catalyst to national development since women are effective propagators of knowledge and transfer of skills.

Mrs Akosua Dickson, spoke during the 75th anniversary celebration of the St Monica Senior High School at Asante Mampong and expressed concerns about most women being left behind in technological advancement phase.

“Women who are deemed primary educators of society both formal and informal were often found to be behind in the technological space”, she observed.

She said on-going trends in technology were undoubtedly one key tool in improving lifestyles and making impacts on societies, and that, giving the youth, especially women, the requisite skills in technology would equip and prepare them well to contribute to the development of the country.

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The 75th anniversary celebration was organised by 1961, 1971,1981, 1991, 2001 and 2011 year groups. The event was on the theme: “Educating Girls in the World of Technology,”

Prof. Dickson also spoke on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for women and the girl child and how the acquisition of knowledge and these fields can bring about problem solving ideas.

This, she said, would help them in diverse ways to impact positively on the family, society, and the country as a whole. She further called on teachers and educators to give priority attention to the training of women in mathematics, science, and technology to enable them to contribute meaningfully to national development.

Ms Esther Ntodwah, Headmistress of St. Monica’s SHS, gave a brief history of the school, saying in the year 1926, Bishop Aglionby, the third Bishop of Accra, invited all sisterhood in the Anglican community to join in the mission to the then Gold Coast.

According to her, Order of the Holy Paraclete (OHP) in Whitby, England was the only person to responded and on 26th October 1926, the Rev. Prioress (head of the Order) and three other nuns arrived in Cape Coast and established St. Monica’s Basic School.

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Bishop Anglionby encouraged the OHP to expand the girls education in the Ashanti Region, and therefore approached the then Asantehene, Otumfuo Nana Prempeh I, who then asked the Mamponghene, Okokyereahene Bonsu I to offer a piece of land to the nuns for their project expansion.

The Headmistress said the school was finally established in 1946 with some few girls, and currently the school has a growing population of 2,806.

Ms Ntodwah advised the students to use the digital space offered to them wisely, citing the irresponsible use of gadgets such as mobile phones as jeopardy to their future.

She commended the students for their discipline, teaching and non-teaching staff for their dedication to duty, the board members, old girls as well as the Parent-Teacher Association for their immense contribution to the development of the school.

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