In an effort to ensure that students receive a well-rounded education and can better compete on the world stage, the government of Ghana has begun new initiatives to promote science education in the classroom.
Among the new programs is a Mathematics, Science, and Technology Scholarship Scheme for secondary school and university students, established by the Ghanaian government. Providing incentives for students choosing to study the STEM fields is essential, and to that end the government has also slated the resources to upgrade school science centers, including tools and equipment.
At a recent speaking engagement, government minister Helen Adjoa Ntoso also announced a provision of 400,000 laptops and desktop computers to schools across the country, urging teachers to focus on software programs and technology education in the classroom.
Madam Ntoso’s remarks echoed those of Professor Kwadwo Asenso-Okyere, former Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ghana, who has called for a revitalization of science education in the country.
Schools need to be equipped with computer labs, Asenso-Okyere said, so that students can conduct experiments and develop computing skills. In addition, schools should establish science clubs and science fairs, and students should be able to see science in action through fieldtrips.
According to Professor Asenso-Okyere, developing a national interest in and appreciation for science is a process that should be seen as contributing to Ghana’s overall economic and social development.
“Investing in science to improve the standard of living of people is investing in the future,” he said.
For tips on engaging students with science in your classroom, check out Open Equal Free’s series of articles on the subject.
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