Miss Abigail Mortey, a 17-year-old second year General Arts student from Adonten Senior High School (SHS), has emerged winner for this year’s Forum for African Women Educationalist (FAWE) Science and Technology competition.
She will receive sponsorship from FAWE to represent Ghana at the international Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) competition to be held in Nairobi-Kenya later this year.
Miss Mortey won the competition with her creative technology of manufacturing a mosquito repellent from local herb and shea butter.
Her vision is to use the technology to control malaria in the country, especially among children and pregnant women.
The judges preferred her work to her counterparts from the Aburi Girls SHS who manufactured a rescue robot which could be used in rescue missions underground and under water.
The other contending schools included Mamfe Methodist Girls SHS, Aburi Secondary Technical School, Diaspora Girls SHS and Mamfe SHS.
The competition which was on the theme: “Enhancing the study of STEM among girls in Ghana,” saw about 18 girls from the six schools inventing various technologies geared at solving global challenges.
In her address, Professor Mrs Esi Sudderland Addy, Chairperson and Founding Member of FAWE Ghana Chapter, admonished more girls to venture into science and technology.
She said that would make them part of solving the complex challenges that would emerge in the country and on the African continent as a whole.
Prof Addy urged the girls not to take their education for granted and to see science and mathematics as fun and not cumbersome.
She called on teachers of mathematics and science to make learning of the subjects interesting, especially for girls, by employing hands-on approach rather than mere theories.
Mrs Asiedua Addo-Yobo, National Coordinator for FAWE, called on more organisations to partner the FAWE Ghana chapter to extend the programme to all schools in the country to unearth talents of the girl-child.
FAWE Ghana chapter is an organisation consisting of accomplished women in the society which aims at promoting the study of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics among girls.
They hope to see the girls rise to revive the manufacturing and processing prowess of Ghana which is at the moment dormant. GNA