The Ghana Chapter of Women in Aviation International (WAI), has held the maiden edition of the International Girls in Aviation Day for 80 girls in Accra to create awareness on career opportunities in the aviation sector.
The event, which brought together female students from Wisconsin University College, Christian High School, Tema Secondary School and selected basic schools was on the theme, ” Connect, engage and experience.”
The day was observed in over 70 countries across the world.
As part of the event, the participants toured the Air Force Base and the Ghana Aviation Training Academy (GATA), and were lectured on aviation management operations at the Control Tower of the Kotoka International Airport.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times, Mrs. Juliet Aboagye-Wiafe, President of WAI Ghana, said the event was organised to enable girls to learn and appreciate what opportunities in the aviation industry so as to guide them in making their career choices.
Mrs. Aboagye-Wiafe said it is wrongly perceived that the industry was the preserve of men, adding that it was important for female students to be encouraged to develop interest in industry.
“We want to stimulate their interest by introducing them to various opportunities in aviation and I am glad that this event has attracted the interest of all the participants,” she said.
She said that it is rather unfortunate that the educational system in Ghana is skewed to the study of science to enable an individual become a pilot which is not the case in other countries.
She called on stakeholders in the industry to review courses studied at the secondary level to enable more girls to study and venture into piloting as a career.
Mrs. Joyce Bannerman-Wood, Director of Legal Services at Ghana Airports Company Limited (GACL) said that WAI believes that it needs to inspire girls at the career decision formulation stage.
She said that the organisation wishes that more women would venture into the industry, and gave assurance of WAI’s support in that regard.
By Emelia Enyonam Kuleke