The Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) programme is gradually gaining roots in the country. But it seems the girl child still isn’t getting well incorporated into the programme. This has made DreamOval initiate a programme called FemiTI to push more Ghanaian girls into the STEM programme.
FemiTI, as initiated by DreamOval Foundation focuses on the young girls in Ghana. The initiative aims to train these girls to “develop problem-solving skills through coding and robotics”. It also intends to empower them to facilitate technology creation to generate opportunities for societal transformation.
From Africa.com, reports say that about 75% of girls in Ghana attend primary school. But at the high school and college level, there is a significant drop. And this is the problem DreamOval seeks to solve.
The DreamOval Foundation believes that through the active development of women via STEM-related programmes, the gap can be bridged. The Senior Vice President of DreamOval Foundation, Francis Ahene-Affoh, backed this belief.
“We believe in empowering women in the 21st century as they play a key role in the development process. We identified these girls from underprivileged communities who can be empowered digitally to become problem-solvers for their communities.”
The Managing Director for SAP Africa, Cathy Smith, also pledged their commitment to the initiative. Smith believes the FemiTI programme has “implications for efforts toward building peaceful, prosperous and sustainable communities”.
“Our support for FemiTI is in line with our commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, especially as they related to Gender Equality (#5) and Quality Education (#4) and aligns well with our broader activities to bring more women into the digital fold, including Africa Code Week, Women in Data Science and #SheInnovates.”