In January 2016, our chapter hosted our first ever Kumvana Fellow – Esther Ekua Amoako.
The Kumvana Program builds the capacities of African leaders and EWB partners in systems change while fostering collaborations between Canadians and African professionals. It involves dynamic African leaders travelling to Canada for an intensive four-week experience that combines participation in EWB’s national conference, leadership programming and a two-week visit coordinated by EWB chapters where they connect with organizations that support their learning and capacity-building goals. Read more about the program here.
During her visit to Newfoundland, Esther – a lecturer at one of Ghana’s leading technical universities – collaborated with various individuals and organizations, with a particular focus on learning about how women in Canada work in male-dominated fields. Some highlights included:
- Speaking at the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Statoil Speaker Series about her work to improve the financial stability and land-ownership rights of women in Ghana
- Meeting with a group at RCMP headquarters in St. John’s and giving a short presentation about her efforts in Ghana, as well as developing connections with various women in policing and exploring the struggles they experience while working in a male-dominated workplace
- Connecting with Dr. John Quiacoe, a professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science and former dean of the faculty, to learn about his views on equality in engineering and in Newfoundland, as well as his work in Africa
- Attending an EWB MUN chapter meeting and providing insight into situations such as Widowhood Rights and the politics of tribes in Northern Ghana.
A huge congratulations goes out to our chapter’s Kumvana Coordinator, Taylor Chalker, for organizing all of Esther’s logistics and connecting her with amazing partner organizations. We are very proud of her efforts which made Esther’s visit such a success.
Our Kumvana experience was also featured on the MUN Engineering webpage! Check out the article here.