CAGRIC Laboratory staff unpacking boxes with some recently received laboratory equipment

Practice makes perfect

One of the objectives of the project is: "Giving students hands-on skills they can apply in the real world, on the job, or as a starting WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) entrepreneur." Until recently, students of the College for Agriculture Education (CAGRIC) struggled to apply classroom's theory into practice. With large groups of students competing over practical internships or access to lab equipment, lecturers faced the challenge of limited teaching resources. With support of Nuffic (the Dutch organisation for international co-operation in higher education), CAGRIC invested into new equipment to revamp their laboratory facilities, making it an inspiring place for students and academic staff to take on new research projects on water, sanitation and hygiene.

CAGRIC Laboratory staff unpacking boxes with some recently received laboratory equipment with some recently received laboratory equipment 

 

Opening of the laboratory

A large leap forward for gender equity

The new laboratory facility will be open to male and female students alike. While this seems an obvious statement, the new CAGRIC Gender Policy and Strategy (2015-2019) also launched earlier this year, sends a strong message to all students and staff that gender equality deserves attention, especially at an education institution which traditionally attracted more men than women. The policy was developed following a gender audit, where students and staff expressed the challenges and opportunities to strengthening awareness on gender at the college.

 

Opening of the laboratory by the Principal of 
UEW-CAGRIC Prof. James Kagya-Agyeman, assisted
by Marie-José Niesten, project coordinator
on behalf of the Consortium MDF T&C, Mott MacDonald and MDF West Africa.

 

Student-driven initiatives

Being triggered by the gender awareness raised at CAGRIC, the students took the initiative to set up a Gender Association for male and female students promoting gender equality and equity in their College. The Association was officially launched by the Principal of the College revealing their banner. Their ambition is to make the college an attractive place to work and study for young women and men alike.


 

Revealing of the banner of the Gender Association, by the Principal Prof. James Kagya-Agyeman. 

 

The project is implemented by the College of Agriculture Education (CAGRIC), Asante-Mampong Campus of the University of Education Winneba in collaboration with assistance of the MDF led consortium. Interested to learn more about the recent achievements in this project and what we did to facilitate the change? Get in touch with Marie-José Niesten or read more on our assignments page.