The United States (US) Ambassador to Ghana, Mrs Stephanie S. Sullivan, has encouraged Ghanaian students studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics to become familiar with EducationUSA.
EducationUSA is the US Government’s advisory service for students who want to study in the United States.
“We have many of the best STEM schools in the world. I encourage all of you to attend an EducationUSA information session to find out more about opportunities to study in the United States, Mrs Sullivan said on Saturday at an awards ceremony to honour competitors in robotics organised by the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation(GRAF).
She said the students could find more about EducationUSA on the Embassy’s website or by following EducationUSA on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter @ USEmbassyGhana.
The US envoy told the competitors that she was excited about what their future plans were and how to apply what “you have learned to change the world for the better.”
She said STEM education was extremely important for today’s students and for the careers of tomorrow, adding that “We know also that students need to be challenged and inspired to apply what they’ve learned in real life.”
“That’s where GRAF and these robotics competitions come to life. They challenge students to apply what they’ve learned to real life scenarios, while building the skills they will need in future careers,” Mrs Sullivan added.
Mrs Sullivan stated that the U.S. Embassy had supported GRAF and its mission almost from the start because of its belief in the potential of young Ghanaians to learn, apply, innovate, and succeed.
She said the world was driven by science and technology and that even those who would not work directly in a STEM field in the future would need STEM-related knowledge and skills.
The US Ambassador told the participants that studies from around the world show that STEM fields would continue to offer increasing employment and career opportunities far into the future.
“So STEM is not just fun – like these competitions – it also can provide you a strong and successful career path. I’m happy to see girls represented among this year’s winners – and I’m especially proud to see women coaches of some of these teams.”
She encouraged more girls and women to study STEM.
“We need more girls and women involved in STEM. And it can start with you – encouraging and inviting your female classmates to join your team or to compete against you.”
Mrs Sullivan said that might intensify the competition a bit, but it would also make them stronger competitors.
While congratulating the awardees, Mrs Sullivan noted that the last two years were difficult given the challenges with transitioning to online and virtual competitions.
BY MALIK SULLEMANA