The Ghana Institution of Engineering and the UNESCO Ghana country mission have met to discuss preparations toward launching the first World Engineering Day (WED) on 4th March 2020 as a UNESCO international day of celebration for engineers and engineering.
The Day was proposed by the World Federation of Engineering Organisations (WFEO) with support-letters from over 80 professional engineering institutions, international academics and national commissions to UNESCO – representing over 23 million engineers around the world. The WFEO proposal was also backed by over 40 nations, including Ghana, and was eventually adopted at the UNESCO General Assembly in November 2019.
This international Day is an opportunity to celebrate the significant contributions of engineers and engineering to sustainable development and modern life. It is universally recognised that the implementation of solutions to achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) depends largely on engineers and engineering.
The WED event is expected to be observed by all 193 UNESCO WFEO member-countries across the world to raise the o engineering profession’s profile. In Ghana, the GhIE is the primary professional body representing over 11,000 registered engineering practitioners, and has subsequently realigned its strategic plan to reflect the global vision by using this inaugural event to promote engineering as a professional career for the next generation, especially the girl-child. As such, all engineering institutions, universities, businesses, engineering practitioners and students are cordially invited to join the GhIE in celebrating the WED.
In attendance at the meeting were Mr. Abdourahamane Diallo, Head of Mission-UNESCO Ghana, and Melody Boateng, UNESCO Programmes Director; Ing. Alexander Ayeh, President of the GhIE; Ing. Kwabena Agyei Agyepong, Executive Director of the GhIE; and Ing. Mavis Allotey, Chair of the Programmes and Conferences Committee.