We were excited to officially open the doors of Africa’s first all-girls science academy, on Friday 3rd February 2017. This is when we held our official launch ceremony on our school campus. Our Chairman and Founder, Dr. Tom Ilube gave the keynote speech, followed by a speeches by the Minister designate for Information, Honourable Mustapha Abdul-Hamid; His Excellency Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to Ghana and Lucy Quist, CEO at Airtel Ghana. All of the speakers mentioned the importance of educating girls and the positive impact they can have on Africa and the world. Our first cohort of 24 students had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the world and in between the programme they surprised us with exciting dance, music and poetic performances. However, the highlight of the event for many was the dance off between Lucy Quist and Tom Ilube, with opinions still split on the true winner.
ASA is inspiring girls to become the next generation of STEM leaders and the official launch was a celebration of its accomplishments so far and an opportunity to thank some of our supporters and donors.
On the day of the launch we also sold our special ASA note
books, in order to raise money for the African Science Academy Community Service Fund. We are excited to announce that we were able to raise GHC1,895. All of this money will be used for Community Service Projects run by our girls.
Founder and Chairman of ASA, Dr Tom Ilube, says: “To create and launch Africa’s first ever all girls science academy is my proudest achievement. I can see the impact that science and technology can have and so I was inspired to explore how I could help drive Africa’s development by inspiring and unleashing the next generation of scientists and engineers. At the official launch, our students will send a message to the world that African women are more than capable of taking their place alongside anyone, anywhere, in the world of science.”