By Amadu Kamil Sanah/William Fiabu, GNA
Accra, July 11, GNA - The Ghanaian Women in Agricultural Research and Development (GhaWARD) has organized a role modellig event for young ladies of various Senior High Schools (SHS) and female graduates within the Greater-Accra, Eastern, Central, Western and Volta regions.
The event dubbed: “Shaping the Path for a Brighter Future – A GhaWARD High School Career Fair,” is the second in a series of four role modelling events that will be organized across the country.
It is aimed at introducing young ladies to various career opportunities in agriculture research and development and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) domains.
The event brought together 80 students from Ideal College, Preset Pacesetters SHS, and many other high school graduates from various senior high schools such as St. Mary’s, Accra Girls and Mfantsiman Girls Senior High Schools and were taken through presentations by some GhaWARD executives.
The event, which was held in partnership with Australian Aid, GhaWARD and Coca-Cola Ghana Limited, is one of the organization’s avenues to empower young women for careers in the agriculture research and development.
One of the key objectives of GhaWARD is to engage AWARD fellows and empower young women to take on agricultural research and development careers and leadership roles in their communities and institutions in the country.
Dr Angela Parry-Hanson Kunadu, First Vice President of GhaWARD, who spoke on the topic “The Journey into Tertiary Institutions” said the event is aimed at disabusing the minds of many young ladies on some misconceptions about certain courses in their various schools.
She urged students to make deliberate efforts to establish themselves in careers that will contribute to the nation’s development and make them role models for the next generation.
Dr Charles Tortoe, the Deputy Director at the Food Research Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR - FRI) and also a mentor of the AWARD Fellowship Program, urged the students to take full advantage of the event to make informed decisions about their future careers.
Madam Celeste Macauley, the Political and Economic Research Officer at the Australian High Commission, also urged the participants to take advantage of the many scholarships offered by Australian Aid as they progress in their careers.
Other speakers Ms Edna Ekua Kwansima Quansah, Organising Secretary of GhaWARD and Mrs Deborah Louisa Narh Mensah, Assistant GhaWARD Organising Secretary, spoke on “Debunking Myths About Reading Science and Agricultural science,” and “Career Choices in Agricultural Research and Development” respectively.
Participants are expected to make use of the knowledge acquired, make informed decisions on their career paths, and excel in whichever career they choose in the long term.
They were also given participants handbook published for GhaWARD Career Fairs and were given the opportunity to act out all they heard from the presentations in a role play and had interactions on various topics such as Mentoring, Bridging the Gender Gap, Career Options and Science Communication. These breakout sessions were held in collaboration with the Women in Leadership Network, an initiative of the Australian High Commission.
GhaWARD is the Ghana country chapter of the African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), comprising of fellows and mentors who have passed through the AWARD Fellowship; and research scientists who identify with the vision and mission of the organization.
It seeks to contribute to the development of a vibrant, sustainable and economically sound agricultural sector in Ghana through empowerment, skills development and technology transfer.
It also seeks to provide a platform for AWARD members in Ghana to empower women in the agricultural sector and agriculture-related programmes, including leadership, entrepreneurship, and technical skills, towards national food security and improved livelihoods.
Two more events are yet to be organized in Kumasi and Tamale on July 13th and July 27, 2018 respectively and prospective (co-)sponsors, individuals and/or organizations willing to partner GhaWARD in these and future impactful events are welcome to contact the association via email on: email@example.com.