As part of efforts to empower women to become successful in the science and technology fields, Vodafone Ghana Foundation has awarded scholarships to 10 science and technology students at the University of Education Winneba (UEW).
The project, which is managed by British Council on behalf of Vodafone, saw 10 new level 200 female students receiving technical and financial support.
At the scholarship award ceremony at the UEW campus in Winneba, Ebenezer Amankwah, Corporate Relations Manager at Vodafone Ghana said Vodafone Scholars is helping bridge the gender gap in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“The sponsorship scheme, in its second year, has seen academics performances of the girls improve so well, giving us the assurance that they will be good ambassadors into bringing more girls into STEM”.
Mr Amankwah said Vodafone chose UEW to show the female pupils in the classrooms that someone has done it and they could also do same. “These women will also serve as role models to the young ones coming up”.
The Deputy Registrar at UEW, Mr William Agyei-Bieni thanked Vodafone Foundation for the UEW Education Fund for future women leaders in science and technology.
“The university management appreciates Vodafone’s commitments and dedication to supporting the education of female students in the science and technology. “This gesture from you falls in line with the tenets of the 2010 sustainable development goals and UEW’s commitment to promote gender equality and the empowerment of women”.
“We are hopeful this investment would go a long way to increase the representation of female students in the science and technology programmes by ensuring that they remain and successfully complete their programmes of pursuit”, Mr Agyei-Bieni said in addition.
Vodafone Scholars project seeks to increase women’s engagement in science and technology in Ghana by providing technical and financial support to 100 young girls at the senior high school level annually.
Additionally, the Foundation offers scholarship to 10 brilliant but financially challenged female students in the UEW studying science and mathematics related courses. Vodafone scholars would help bridge the gender gap in STEM.