The Adisadel Old Boys Association of North America (AOBA-NA) has sponsored a six-day pilot educational training workshop, under the theme: “Innovation in Action”, for five Senior High Schools (SHS) in Cape Coast.
A statement issued by the Association said the 52 participants were from Adisadel College, Mfantsipim School, St. Augustine’s College, University Practice High School and Wesley Girls High School.
In the end, the students designed and built prototypes to address their needs, which include, The Trans Smoke Dome for the capture and transformation of smoke into fuel; the formulation of bed bug spray using easily obtained products such as kerosene, neem tree leaves and water to eradicate bed bugs.
Others are a gadget that emanates red and black colours to attract, capture and kill mosquitoes; an improved dump site to eliminate stench, prevent mosquito breeding; an incinerator; waste recycling programme that converts bio-degradable waste into compost to fertilise school gardens to supplement school feeding; and the design of improved classroom desks to accommodate students of different physiques”.
They had been introduced to Design Thinking, a collaborative and iterative problem-solving methodology, which is an action-oriented and solution focused problem-solving technique taught in some elite business schools and practised in global businesses.
Their teacher-liaisons accompanied them; while a professor emeritus from the Stanford University, USA, led the Workshop.
The statement said the workshop, which used non-traditional instructional methodology, was ran as an after school extra-curricular programme, with the primary objective to contribute to the development of the Ghanaian SHS student.
This method of learning, the Association said, was gaining grounds in pre-university education in the United States of America (USA), Asia and Europe as it introduced elementary, middle and high school students to core design thinking and experiential learning modules with practical hands-on solution delivery.
“AOBA-NA’s sole purpose is to provide students with the thinking process skills for an entrepreneurial, problem-solving mindset in their formative years to enable them to apply this process to real-life socio-economic projects,” it said.
“We believe preparing students for future leadership would require academic excellence not only in theory, the acquisition and regurgitation of knowledge but also in the application of knowledge to solve society’s problems – learning by doing and executing projects”.
It focused on the examination and application of the design thinking principles: “Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test”, to solve the needs identified by the students on their campuses and surrounding communities.
The statement said “AOBA-NA is planning a one-day follow-up session before the end of the first term of the current Academic Year to ensure continuation of the work started.
“AOBA-NA is also soliciting corporate sponsorship for the project prototypes, and inviting alumni from the other schools to partner in hosting future workshops,” it added.
The workshop was organised from September 24 to 29 on the University of Cape Coast Campus.
Wa Campus Elect SRC Executives
The best way to make students prepared for corporate relations is to participate in the selection of their leaders; those who would take on the responsibility of spreading knowledge through inspiration, tutoring, campaigns etc. The diffuse and highly personalised character of the mass support that such leaders obtain insulates them from public pressures once in office and this frees them to act responsibly in the public interest.
Winning elections is the principal imperative, the main source of power and the key test of leadership. Student leaders must cope with this electoral imperative and accept that their success depends vitally on winning votes.
From the office of the Electoral Commissioner of UDS Wa – Campus, the following are the final results of the just ended SRC/NUGS elections;
Total Votes cast = 3,288
For the SRC Presidency
152 (46.23%) chose NYASS MAHAMA as their favorite and ABLEDU BRIGHT SAKYI had 1744 making 53.04% of the casted votes.
12 abstained, and 12 couldn’t complete the processes.
That of the Women’s Commissioner had an injunction placed on the results.
Congratulations to ABLEDU BRIGHT SAKYI and HAMZA UMAR; who are now the SRC and the NUGS Presidents elect respectively.
Takoradi GTUC holds Ninth Matriculation for 150 students
The Takoradi Learning Centre of the Ghana Technology University College (GTUC) has inducted 150 new students into its fold to pursue various diploma and degree programmes.
Ms Nusrat-Jahan Abubakar, the Acting Head of GTUC Takoradi, who welcomed the matriculants, said: “Your arrival at this University College marks a new chapter in the story of your life. But this chapter is a bit different. The preceding chapters were largely written by others – your parents, guardians, families, teachers and the like.”
“Now you will be the principal author of the next chapter – you have the opportunity to determine the direction, the plot and the tempo of your story.”
She said they would have the opportunity to learn new things while at the GTUC and acquire knowledge, develop new skills, and enhance their personal attributes in profound ways that would better their lives after university.
Ms Abubakar urged the students to take responsibility for their learning and make the most of their time at the College.
Dr Mrs Juliana Owusu-Ansah, the Registrar of GTUC, who read a speech on behalf of Professor Emmanuel Afuakwah, the Acting President, congratulated the fresh students for gaining admission and said: “You are now a part of an institution that strives for excellence in all areas of research and teaching.”
She said the institution had been at the forefront of technology education of higher learning since its establishment.
“Education is not just about acquiring book knowledge but must be aligned with what life does, what one does, why and how anything require both intellectual and physical knowledge,” she said.
Dr Owusu-Ansah said the Barclays Bank had selected GTUC as one of the beneficiary universities on its tertiary scholarship.
She advised the fresh students to take advantage of GTUC’s programmes and do well to excel in various programmes aside what the curriculum offer.
UDS HOSTS 10TH ANNUAL GHABSA CONGRESS
It’s yet another convergence of the minds of students of biochemistry in Ghana.
Ghana Biochemistry Students Association(GHABSA) celebrates yet another year of excellence with its annual congress which will be held at UDS-NAVRONGO, in the Upper East Region.
The theme of this year’s congress is ‘Building Biochemistry: A peek into the future.
It is geared towards exposing the biochemistry students of the generation the vast field in which their knowledge can be utilised to produce innovative and sustainable development to the quality of life of the ordinary Ghanaian.
Activities on board are; visit to the Navrongo Health Research Centre, recreational visit to Paga, Inter-Institutional quiz and Inter-Institute Debate, sports and games such as soccer, basketball and a whole lot of entertaining exercise to be expected.
A seminar is also slated, where distinguished speakers from the field of biochemistry would talk about the ever growing fascinating science that is biochemistry and also provide answers to eager and enquiring minds.
Suffice to say, this is not a congress we would be too quick to forget.
So come in your masses under the umbrella of the fascinating science that sustains life.
By: Prempeh Opoku-Ware Lovelace
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