St Martin’s Junior High School (JHS) in the Builsa North Municipality in the Upper East Region has emerged winners of a Girls–Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (G-STEM) quiz with 67 points.
St John’s JHS in the Bolgatanga Municipality placed second with 62.4 points, while the Yikene JHS, also in the Bolgatanga Municipality, and the Afoko JHS in the Builsa North Municipality had 46.4 and 37.6 points to win the third and fourth positions respectively.
Each school received a number of exercise books, mathematical sets, and a set of large board equipment.
The competition, which was launched last year, was organised by the Afrikids Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to encourage young girls to develop an interest in STEM courses.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Country Director of the Afrikids Ghana, David Pwalua, said the G-STEM had become a topical issue across the world, compelling governments
to make numerous efforts to encourage, especially girls in JHSs to develop an interest in it.
He said, “the move by Afrikids is to support the government in its quest to scale up STEM activities in northern Ghana”, adding “the next three years, over 120 JHSs across three districts will benefit from an intervention in G-STEM”.
“We at Afrikids believe strongly that by these interventions, there will be an increase in the number of girls who will aspire to pursue STEM-related disciplines at the SHS and tertiary levels,” he said.
Mr Pwalua said, “We wish to use this opportunity to rally for support from the public, including staff of the GES, private sector, and the donor community to scale up STEM interventions in the Northern Region”.
The Bolgatanga Municipal Director of the GES, Anne Estella Kye-eebo, urged young girls to disabuse their minds that STEM education was a preserve for boys and should, therefore, do everything possible to compete with their male counterparts in the STEM fields.
She expressed optimism that various STEM interventions by the Afrikids Ghana in some selected basic schools would go a long way to empower girls to fall in love with STEM-related courses in the future to better their lives.