The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), yesterday celebrated her 50th birthday, by going to the aid of some young female science students, being groomed by STEMbees, an NGO to develop interest in science and technology.
Christine SedinaTamakloe Attionu , who visited the office of the organization upon an invitation, interacted with both the students and their tutors, by acting as a role model to encourage and empower them for the task ahead.
Addressing the students, the CEO said, “I have decided to celebrate this milestone by making a presentation to young female science students for specific reason”. She later, made a cash donation to facilitate the organization’s activities, as part of her 50 years birthday celebration.
She explained that, “having been a science student myself in the past, I consider the study of science a very important ingredient for human and national development”.
The organization, STEMbees, which literally means, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, was founded and run by three young female science graduates namely; Linda Ansong, Angela Koranteng, and Lady Omega.
Established in 2013, the organization seeks to encourage and mentor more young African women to pursue their dreams and careers in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Mrs. Tamakloe-Attionu, who has passion for empowerment of women, said “despite significant improvements in the last couple of years, women are still under-represented in science and technology, both in the academic and private sector”.
She indicated that, the low participation of female in the field of science and technology is “mostly related to the role allocated to women in modern society, as well as pre-existing prejudices that form glass ceilings, while encouraging male presence in the workplace”.
To her, “what seems to be missing are good models that could act as inspiration and source of information and guidance, and offer a glimpse into the reality of being a female employed in the field of science and technology”.
She emphasized that, “parents, teachers and career guidance counsellors all have significant roles in assisting or hindering the way young women chose their career paths and that choice begins early from school, all the way through to high education”.
The MASLOC boss, who is a pharmacist by profession, having studied Pharmacy at the Kwame Nkruman University of Science and Technology (KNUST) said,
“Science is often rejected as a career due to limited information available and the lack of positive role models to encourage young girls in participating.”
She told both the tutors and the young female students, who were picked from basic schools, second cycle and vocational schools to participate in the computer technology training programme that, “I am very glad to be associated with this program.”