A Rocha KNUST Gets First Female President
Patricia Quayson becomes the first female president of the student chapter of A Rocha Ghana at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and technology (KNUST) after 17 years of its inception.
Patricia has been described as an ambitious young lady full of great potentials. Aside being President for A Rocha KNUST, she is also the Deputy Clerk of the 4th Senate of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Carnasa)—another enviable position within the student fraternity at KNUST.
Prior to her current positions, she was the Women’s Commissioner for the Renewable Natural Resources Students Association (Renarsa) and vice president for A Rocha KNUST.
She becomes president after an election was held and she beat her male counterpart to it.
Patricia is a lover of nature and believes that the conservation of the Earth’s Natural Resources is critical to the survival of the human race.
Women on the Move
A Rocha Ghana is particularly excited about this new regime as it is the first time a lady has been elected to hold this prestigious position, boding prospects for a new era.
Women have from time immemorial played crucial role in securing the natural world, by showing resilience leadership in fields including conservation, entrepreneurship, education and health, and they are doing so a all levels— local, national and global.
All over the world, women are at the forefront of promoting the environmental revolution. Whether it be exploring the world’s oceans or protecting the Amazon, fearless women are leading the charge against the status-quo. Notable and among some of the most inspiring women of all time, all fighting for environmental justice are: Wangari Maathai, Jane Goodall, Sylvia Earle, Rachel Carson, Isatou Ceesay and Gretha Thunberg (the current young climate heroine).
As the world continues to witness the advent of women leaders, the 17 years old jinx of male dominant position of “President” of A Rocha-Knust has been broken and A Rocha Ghana is excited by this and looks to future with greater prospects of more women playing critical roles in saving our environment in Ghana.
We therefore congratulate A Rocha KNUST’s new president and wish her well on her new assignment.
About A Rocha KNUST
A Rocha-KNUST, is a tertiary students’ wing of A Rocha Ghana, present in the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi. The group has been in existence for the past 17 years and operates from the Faculty of Renewable Natural Resource Management. On average, about 250 students join the group every year.
A Rocha-KNUST seeks to help achieve a sustainable world and protect the environment for its human and non-human inhabitants. To this end, the group aims at raising the consciousness of students/youth to the effect of their own actions on the environment and to their statuses as stewards of earth’s resources.
The group furthermore develops the next generation of leaders in the Environment & Energy sectors (E&E) by providing a forum for education on environment – and energy -related issues, and by serving as the main facilitator for communication between Schools, communities and the E&E sectors.
A Rocha KNUST covers a wide range of topics including sustainability and environmental conservation, Climate Change mitigation and adaptation, clean energy, and hosts an annual conservation day out, community evangelism health and conservation program as well as symposiums amongst others.
The group enriches its members through fun and fulfilling experiences, but importantly, also serve to contribute to the vision, mission and strategic objectives of A Rocha Ghana.