The Minister for Communications, Hon. Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, has pledged the Ministry’s readiness to assist the Methodist Girls’ High School (MEGHIS), at Mamfe Akuapem in the Eastern Region to purchase robotic kits, laptops and other necessary equipment needed to complete more robotic competitions.
The gesture is to encourage the school to train more girls to participate in more challenging robotic competitions across the globe.
The Minister gave the assurance when a delegation led by the headmistress, parents, teachers and the girls paid a courtesy call on her at the Ministry on Friday, 31st May, 2019.
She congratulated the students from MEGHIS for their outstanding performance at the just-ended 2019 Robofest Competition held in Michigan in the United States of America.
The victory according to her brought joy to the entire nation and urged other schools in the country to emulate their steps.
Mrs. Owusu-Ekuful indicated that the Administrator for Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) and his team would visit the school to assess the state of their ICT lab and provide necessary equipment for the school within the next four weeks.
The coach for the robotic team, Mr Benjamin Amoako said this year’s competition brought together various students from countries like USA, Mexico, China, South Korea, Brazil, Columbia, Egypt, England, India and Nigeria among others.
The Minister also briefed the Girls on the just ended Mentorship Day held as part of the Girls-in-ICT Day Celebration in Takoradi, adding that their performance will motivate other Girls to develop an interest in the ICT industry.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful encouraged the students from MEGHIS to participate in the maiden edition of the Miss Geek Ghana contest to be held in December this year. This will form part of activities lined up for the Girls-in-ICT Initiative Programme.
She reiterated that Daniella Afriyie Asare from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was a finalist in the Miss Geek Africa Contest held in Rwanda in May, this year.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful was optimistic that such activities would whip up the interest of more girls into the ICT industry.
Miss Geek Africa is an entrepreneurship competition that originated as Miss Geek Rwanda in 2014 but was renamed Miss Geek Africa in 2017 and has expanded to 22 countries in Africa. Girls and women between the ages of 13 and 25 submit software applications (apps) that solve problems through technological innovations. The top three competitors receive cash prizes and business training, and the winner also receives financial backing.
2019 World Robofest Competition
The robotics competition is a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) program organized by the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation. It was founded by Dr. Ashetey Trebi-Ollennu.
The competition is organized at the national level and each team must score a minimum of 85 out of 100 to be qualified for the National Robofest qualifiers.
Two teams from MEGHIS qualified and represented Ghana at the Robofest National qualifiers to compete with other schools/Teams for the only two slots meant for the World Championship.
The two teams from MEGHIS both qualified to represent Ghana at the World stage and one of them emerged the winner. Both teams worked on several solutions and decided to use the best two.