Technological education vital to Ghana’s development aspirations – KNUST VC

Anniversary School
Anniversary School

Professor Mrs Rita Akosua Dickson, Vice-Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has encouraged Ghanaian educators to strengthen efforts in the training of women in technical and technological skills.

She said technological education of the female child was a catalyst to national development since women were effective propagators of knowledge and transfer of skills.

Speaking at the 75th-anniversary celebration of the St. Monica’s Senior High School at Asante Mampong, Prof. Dickson expressed worry that most young women were lagging in the technological advancement space.

“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 modern 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.

The anniversary, on the themed “Educating Girls in the World of Technology,” was put together by 1961, 1971,1981,1991,2001, and 2011 year groups.

Prof. Dickson speaking on leveraging on the importance of Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for women, said the girl child could through technology, develop key skills, such as problem-solving, innovative thinking, adaptability, self-management, creativity, critical analysis, teamwork, and digital literacy.

This would help them in diverse ways to impact positively on the family, society, and the country as a whole and 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, giving a brief history of the school, said in the year 1926, Bishop Aglionby, the third Bishop of Accra invited all sisterhood in the Anglican community to join in the mission in the then Gold Coast.

According to her, only the Order of the Holy Paraclete (OHP) in Whitby, England, responded favourably 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.

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

The Headmistress said the school was finally established in 1946 with some few girls, and now the school had a 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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