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Ruth Akello
From Arts to Science: The STEM story of Ruth Akello

This is an extraordinary story, from an extraordinary girl. These are strange times. This is the story of Akello Ruth. Where do we start? Okay, 2014. If you asked Ruth in 2014 whether she would be a midwife, she would have told you no. But this is 2020. And she is a midwife and an essential worker, during these Covid-19 pandemic.

When Ruth was in secondary school, she didn't quite know which career option to take. Ruth was good in arts subjects, but was also passionate about ICT & coding. While in A-level, she was team leader of the Science & Technology Innovations Club (STIC), and admired to study IT related course at Uni. In fact she did LED (Literature in English, Entrepreneurship, Divinity) subject combination in A-level.Throughout her A-level she lead the club, participated and represented the school in many STEM competitions, and also won some awards. These include:

However, after her A-level, her Aunt decided to enroll her for midwifery. At first she was not happy with it, but she finally accepted and enrolled for a Certificate in Midwifery at Good Samaritan School of Nursing and Midwifery in Lira. She started at 2016 and finished in 2018 - two and half years.  

Today, she is happy that she joined the science field. Ruth is currently a midwife, working in Kampala. When asked about her IT skills and her plan, she said she now looks forward to pursuing medical records, where she will be able to put her IT skills to good use. For now, she is happy helping mothers and and enjoying her newfound status as essential worker.

Ruth has been able to transition from an Arts combination to Science course, and get a job immediately after studies.

Ruth was born in 1996, started her education journey in Bwerayangi Junior Primary school, Bushenyi district, in western Uganda. She then attended Bugembe Islamic secondary school (for O-level), Jinja city, in the east of the country. She is multilingual, and well traveled within Uganda.This multi-ethnic, multi-lingual, multi-skilled background is helping her gain her footing in the medical sector.

2016: Ruth seen here with her Technovation team. She served as Mentor for Technovation Challenge competition at Lira Town College.

2015: Ruth taking part in Technovation Challenge activity at Resilient Africa Network - Makerere University, Kampala.

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Writes: Emmanuel Angoda

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