Ten female undergraduate science students have been awarded Vodafone scholarship at a presentation ceremony organised by the Gender Mainstreaming Directorate at the University of Education, Winneba on 7th October, 2016.
The Ceremony brought together representations from the management team of the University of Education, Winneba, Staff of Vodafone Ghana and British Council as well as other dignitaries from a cross section of the University community.
In a speech read on behalf of the Registrar, Dr. C.Y. Akwaa-Mensah by the Deputy Registrar, Institute of Educational Research and Innovation Studies, Mr. William Agyei-Bieni said UEW prides herself as being one of the Higher Education Universities in Ghana that is strongly committed to promoting Affirmative Action aimed at bridging the representation gap between males and females in terms of opportunities for development and career advancement. He commended the administrators of the scheme for ensuring consistency in supporting female science undergraduate students to pursue their programmes of study without any financial encumbrances. He also noted that the “scheme gives support to ten needy but brilliant students offering Science and Technology based programs every year and is tenable for three years.”
He added that the University had earlier benefitted from similar schemes that supported Postgraduate research and Doctorial studies. He therefore appealed to Vodafone to extend their support to those areas as well.
Speaking at the ceremony, a representative from Vodafone Ghana, Ms. Rhoda Quaye pointed out that research has proven that most females are not interested in studying Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) due to lack of financial and technical support for students who may want to consider a career in that area.
She added that Vodafone Scholars project seeks to increase women’s engagement in Science and Technology in Ghana by providing technical and financial support to 100 young girls at the Senior High School level annually. Additionally, ten brilliant but financially challenged female students in UEW studying Science and Mathematics related courses have been offered scholarships. She further assured the commitment of Vodafone Ghana Foundation to continue to make investments in Ghana’s health and educational sectors and to bring about innovative solutions to overcome challenges in the sector.
Source: Media Relations Office