By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Accra, June 3, GNA- The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfuor, has observed that the exploits in science by the Mamfe Methodist Girls Senior High School, is a classic example of what girls could do when given the needed support.
He said, the era where “we are in a man’s world, is gone and past. The stage is set for all to manipulate and Meghis has shown that given the needed support and investments, girls can make it”.
The elated Regional Minister who said this when the winners of the World Robofest Competition held in Michigan, USA, called on him at his office, indicated that they had made Ghana and the entire African continent proud.
The students of the team who made Ghana proud at the world stage included Susan Annorbea Appiah, Sandra Yeboah, Maame Yaa Manko Henaku, Ruby Ayerley Tetteh, Nana Ohenewa Frimpong, Catherine Awurama Banson, Alberta Anna Esiambah, Sarah Baaba Grant and Priscilla Akuoko-Sarpong.
Others were Naomi Edem Kuma, leader of the team and two other coordinators Paulina Ansaa Captan and Mr Ben Amoako.
He commended the girls for contesting with advanced countries in technology like Japan, Korea and the USA and triumphing over them and thanked the two coordinators of the team and the headmistress, Mrs Sylvia Laryea, for their hard work and perseverance that had brought them that far.
The Regional Minister noted that this was the second time the school had put the Eastern Region and the entire nation on the limelight after winning the Students Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship (SAGE) competition in Ukraine last year and urged the girls to keep their focus.
He said with their exploits, they would make a case to the Ghana Education Trust Fund (Get Fund) to cater for their logistics in a bid to make the school a resource centre in Robotics in the near future.
The Eastern Regional Director of Education, Mrs Monica Ankrah, who led the delegation to the Minster, said as tradition demanded, they had presented the trophy to the Minister as the father of the region and had also requested him to lead them to go and present the trophy to the President of the Republic.
She indicated that, despite the achievements of the girls, it had not been easy considering the numerous challenges in the school and the expensive nature of the practicals of the robotics, which was a science related activities and appealed for support.
The team lead, Edem Kumah a 2nd year student, appealed to the Regional Minister for enough Lego-kits to enable them do more practice adding that; “our robots have always been the smallest whenever, we meet with others for competition, because we have only 3 Lego kits at the moment”.
She said being the world champions in Robotics, they were anticipate more competitions coming their way and thanked the headmistress of the school, parents and the Methodist Church of Ghana, for their unflinching support.