Award Winning University Of Ghana Student Teams Up With The University College London And Cambridge To Provide Practical Science Education To Schoolchildren

We’re always here for amazing Ghanaians who do wonderful things…

To everyone out there doing their best to impact society, we stan for y’all!!

That also goes to Lois Afua Okeyerewaa Damptey, the University of Ghana graduate school student who beat professors and other students to win a top international award in engineering.

See Also: Ghanaian MPhil Engineering Student Lois Afua Okyerewaa Damptey Beats Off Competition From PhD Students And Lecturers To Win Top International Award In Engineering Research

After winning the award, Lois has been up to some good and we can’t be more proud of her.

Lois and the Vacation Initiatives in Science Africa (VISA), an NGO she works with as a secretary, have been organizing science engagement programmes for school-aged children between the ages of 13 and 15.

The programme, which included representatives from the University College London and Cambridge Univesity, is aimed at giving the school-aged children basic knowledge and understanding of infectious diseases and how outbreaks occur.

Also, VISA hoped that they would excite young people about science and encourage them to pursue scientific studies and careers.

This includes discussing how the different types of infectious diseases spread, and simple ways to prevent their transmission.

During the programmes, which were held at the Labone SDA and a cluster of schools in Nkurakan in the Eastern Region, the children were given hands-on experience on how infectious disease scientists respond to disease outbreaks and carry out laboratory tests to identify an outbreak agent.

“It is particularly advantageous to educate them to identify risk associated with common infectious diseases as they represent the highest risk group for norovirus and other infectious diseases,” Lois told in an interview.

Supporting the programme are Dr. Lucy Thorne from the University College London,  Eugene Arthur the Director of VISA and final year PhD student at the University of Cambridge, Charles Prempeh the Co-director of VISA and also a PhD student at the University of Cambridge.

Nene Bedu Opata Korley II, the Chief of Nkurakan in the Yilo Krobo Traditional Are, also supported the project.

The project was funded by the Microbiology Society, UK and the Hardie Wren Development Initiatives, UK.

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