About 200 schoolgirls drawn from four districts in the Northern Region are attending a week-long Science, Mathematics and Technology camp at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi.
The camp, which is organised by Campaign for Female Education (Camfed), is aimed at encouraging more girls to develop interest in mathematics, science and technology.
Ms. Dolores Dickson, Executive Director of Camfed, said the organisation was working in response to the exclusion of girls from education in northern Ghana and to assist more girls in schools.
She said “Camfed’s vision is a world in which every child is educated, protected, respected and valued and grows up to turn the tide of poverty”.
Ms. Dickson said the girls would tour some places of historical importance, educational institutions and have talks with professionals in the science, mathematics and technology fields as mentors to emulate and develop interest in the subjects.
The Northern Regional Minister, Mr. Stephen Sumani Nayina, said the camp will enhance the girls’ knowledge to enable them to compete with the boys in science, mathematics and technology.
He said special emphasis needed to be placed on girls’ education to ensure a conducive and a supportive learning environment in these subjects to improve their knowledge.