The mentoring session, which is part of the Smartphone Network’s Evolve with STEM initiative is meant to transform mindsets about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to empower young people to believe they have the potential to be the best they can be.
Joselyn Dumas who signed up as a volunteer for the Evolve with STEM initiative encouraged young people to “dream, aspire and challenge themselves to be the best in whatever they set their minds to”
She also encouraged participants to take STEM seriously as it impacts every aspect of their lives. The award winning actress shared her personal experience with STEM as a child and now as a professional, reiterating the critical role these disciplines play in her daily life and how it empowers young people to develop critical thinking and problem solving skills.
She said ‘as future leaders of this country, you must believe in yourself. You must believe that you possess in you all the talent, ability and brain power to be whatever you dream of becoming. All you need to do is work hard to achieve your dream. But remember also that whatever your dreams are, STEM empowers you to achieve these by shaping your thinking and improving your problem solving skills”.
Commenting on her participation after the session, Joselyn said “Interacting with these young people brings me a lot of joy but most importantly knowing that I am contributing to impact their lives through the Evolve with STEM initiative is truly gratifying.
I am grateful to Airtel Ghana and Lucy Quist for the opportunity to join this amazing initiative that is set to make a remarkable difference in the lives of these youngsters”
A team from the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation led by Dr. Yaw Okraku-Yirenkyi taught the pupils how to programme robots to undertake complex tasks and maneuvers. This they did using basic science and mathematical principles – a clear demonstration of how what they are taught in class can be applied in real life.
Managing Director of Airtel thanked GRAF and Joselyn Dumas for supporting the Evolve with STEM initiative. She said “We at Airtel Ghana are grateful to Joselyn for her enthusiasm and support towards this initiative. She was one of the first people to sign up for this project when we first launched in December and having her here today to inspire these young people is commendable.
We also extend our profound gratitude to the GRAF for bringing the theories of distance and measurements that our young people learn in the classroom every day to life. It has been such an immersive experience for the children and I am confident they have learnt a lot today”.
She continued, “We cannot over emphasize the fact that we need STEM to accelerate our development in all areas and the need to positively inspire and empower young minds for the future. This is what Evolve with STEM is all about”.
Evolve with STEM is an Airtel Ghana CSR initiative spearheaded by Managing Director and current CIMG Marketing Woman of the Year, Lucy Quist. The initiative which is under the auspices of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Ghana (CIMG) is also supported by the Exploratory, an initiative of the African Women Advocacy Project and the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation.
Airtel Ghana is renowned for its contribution to education in Ghana having received several awards in CSR including Best CSR Company for Education at the Ghana CSR Excellence Awards 2015.