By Eugene Davis
The government has reiterated its commitment to protecting Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M) education through strategic partnerships with industry leaders like Huawei Ghana, with the hope that it holds the potential to ignite transformation.
According to the Minister of Communications and Digitalisation, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the government is dedicated to fostering a digitally inclusive society, and a goal of leaving no one behind.
Speaking at the closing ceremony of the 2023 Huawei Ghana Seeds for Future Programme in Accra, she said “Education particularly in the field of STEM holds the potential to ignite transformation, it is in this regard that the government of Ghana is resolutely committed to protecting STEM education through strategic partnerships with industry leaders like Huawei Ghana.
This commitment currently being championed by the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation, Ministry of Education, and Ministry of Information not only aligns with Ghana’s digital transformation agenda but also exemplifies our dedication to fostering a digitally inclusive society. Our goal is to leave no one behind, this can only be achieved by equipping the youth with the requisite skills needed to thrive in the 21st century.”
In light of this, the Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation will continue to partner with initiatives like the Huawei Seeds for the Future program to offer industry-relevant training to our youth.
The Deputy Minister of Information, Fatimatu Abubakar asserted that the opportunity presented to the young ladies was meant to catapult them into their respective professions or endeavors into a bigger platform globally.
“As women when we are given the skills, we can use it to resolve a lot of problems in our society.
I thank Huawei Ghana for raising the next set of future leaders in ICT for Ghana and for the world at large.
We hope that the seed of knowledge sown within you will continue to bear fruits for generations to come and I encourage you to also share the knowledge that you have gained here with some of your colleagues who could not find a spot in this program, that is the only way we spread progress and grow together.” she noted.
Kweku Essuman Quansah, Deputy Managing Director, Huawei Ghana indicated that over the past eight days, the young talents have worked tirelessly to ensure that the training they receive becomes a catalyst for meaningful change.
He added that beneficiaries were engaged in online training programs, where they delve into cutting-edge technologies such as cloud computing, digital power, AI, and 5 G., these students were also engaged in virtual tech talks, cross-cultural exchange programs, and mentorship sessions to help shape their career paths as they prepare for the job market.
“As part of the eight-day program, our students took part in the Tech for Good program, these project doubles as a competition and requires that the participant come up with solutions to societal problems leveraging technologies that they have been introduced.
Beneficiaries came up with a smart multi-lingual application to help address the needs of patients in a slum, an early fire detection system to enhance the response time to fire outbreaks, and a mine guard to address illegal mining.”