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.
Minister Says Gov’t Has Recruited 59,000 Teachers Since 2017
The Minister for Education says the introduction of the Free Senior High School policy has resulted in an increment in student enrolment by some 31%, as opposed to the spectre of 100,000 students falling out of school each year at the Junior High School level in the years before 2017.
Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh indicated that “for the first time in 10 years, under President Akufo-Addo, we have said this and nobody has been able to dispute it, every child in every secondary school has been supplied with all the core textbooks. It has never happened before.”
He continued, “Not only have we supplied the core textbooks, we have also supplied revision books in Maths. Not only that, we are buying questions and answers of the past WAEC exams since 1993 for the students to learn. There is no better time to study than now.”
The Minister for Education made this known on Monday, July 8, when he joined President Akufo-Addo at a meeting with members of the Ghanaian community in Paris, as part of the latter’s official visit to that country.
Dr. Opoku Prempeh indicated that when the Northern grants were established by Ghana’s first leader, Kwame Nkrumah, there were only two schools in the whole of the 3 Northern Regions.
“It did not prevent Kwame Nkrumah from starting bursaries for the Northern schools. Not having enough classrooms will never stop us from having Free SHS. In fact, Ghanaians have voted, and enrolment increased by 31% in 2017 and 2018,” he said.
Towards addressing issues associated with the introduction of the Double Track school system, the Minister for Education indicated that 8,000 teachers were specifically employed.
“We did the timetables that we needed, and the President ordered the Finance Minister to provide financial clearance, and we did. It includes the 59,000 teachers we have employed between now and then. It is not very true what you hear when you listen to social media always. Sometimes your judgement becomes clouded with the truth,” he added.
With the introduction of the 4-year Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) degree in 2018, in the country’s University Colleges, the Education Minister noted that “there is no teacher going to be a diploma teacher. Everyone who is coming out will get a degree.”
The conversion of Colleges of Education into University Colleges by the Akufo-Addo government, the Minister stressed, has resulted in a record number of students seeking admission.
“When they were diploma students, they spent an inordinate amount of time doing top-ups in other schools, and not concentrating in the classroom. Now, it is not a second-rate school to go to because they couldn’t get into the university. It is a choice that they have decided to make as teachers,” he said.
The Education Minister also lamented about non-training of teachers in the curriculum of Junior High Schools for some forty (40) years, with the last teacher resource pack given to teachers compiled in the 1950s.
“We have done it (training of teachers in new curriculum) this year. Things will get better. Education is such that we have to put in a huge investment before you can reap the fruits. It is not like taking your child to the hospital. That is instant. It takes time and we need patience from Ghanaians. Ghana’s education has never been as best as it is now, and it will get better,” Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh added.
MTN Bright Scholarship To Close By 17th July | Campusradar
Accra, July 11, 2019 – MTN Ghana Foundation has announced it will close entries for its Bright Scholarship program on 17th July 2019. Applications for the scholarship commenced on June 13th, 2019.
The Foundation is, therefore, urging qualified students who are yet to apply to do so before the closing date. The scholarship is opened to the first year or continuing students pursuing first-degree education in any of the public tertiary institutions in Ghana. To qualify for the MTN Bright Scholarship, students should have credit passes in six (6) subjects with an overall aggregate of 24 at the WASSCE/SSSCE.
Three of the six subjects should be core subjects; English Language, Mathematics, Integrated Science or Social Studies and the other three must be in the applicants’ respective electives. Continuing students should have a minimum Grade Point Average of 3.0, be involved in extra-curricular activities, prove to be without any academic disciplinary issue and must not be serving a bond of good behavior.
Qualified applicants can apply through the web portal at scholarship.mtn.com.gh or visit any MTN Service Center for applications forms.
Commenting on MTN Bright Scholarship, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mr. Samuel Koranteng said, “We are happy to have launched the second edition of the MTN Bright Scholarship. We are committed to providing opportunities for brilliant and needy students to have a bright future through education.”
Mr. Koranteng said, “Through the MTN Bright Scholarship, we want to ensure that under-privileged students who would have missed higher education as a result of lack of funding get to have access just like other students.”
The MTN Ghana Foundation will award 100 scholarships to students in public tertiary institutions across the country for 2019 academic year. The commencement of the MTN Bright Scholarship in 2018 was in fulfillment of a commitment MTN made to Ghanaians during the commemoration of its 20th Anniversary in 2016. During the celebrations, MTN, through the MTN Ghana Foundation promised to award a total of 300 scholarships over a period of three years. The first batch of 100 scholarships were awarded in 2018 to students in public tertiary institutions across the country.
For over 10 years, the Foundation has awarded over 1000 scholarships to students from basic school to tertiary level. Apart from the Bright Scholarship, MTN Ghana Foundation launched the Teacher Improvement Award Programme in 2015. Since the inception of that programme, 60 teachers have been awarded scholarships to pursue Bachelors or Masters Degree at the University of Cape Coast and University of Education, Winneba. The MTN Ghana Foundation continues to invest in sustainable projects aimed at improving the wellbeing of Ghanaians.
About The MTN Foundation:
The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments. MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus -Health, Education and Economic Empowerment. From inception to December 2018, the Foundation had undertaken 142 major projects across the country. Notable health projects include: construction of a Neonatal Care Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the 2nd floor maternity block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, construction of a maternity block for Ejisu Government Hospital, and construction of an Emergency Center for Atua Government Hospital. Education projects undertaken include: construction of a boys dormitory for Akropong School for the Blind, construction of a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, establishment of 10 MTN ICT Learning Centers in each of Ghana’s 10 regions(then) and the institution of an Innovation Hub at KNUST to promote Telecoms Engineering and Research. Key projects undertaken in Economic Empowerment include: the construction of shea butter processing centers, provision of seed capital and skill training for Women of Tizaa Dini Association of Yendi and the Sung Suma Women Association of Wa.
NMSQ: Our hard work paid off – Augusco’s savior ‘Newton’
Call him the ‘saviour’ of the day and you won’t be very far from accurate.
Newton Jimmy Stephen was not the only contestant representing his school; St. Augustines College in the 2019 National Science and Maths Quiz (NMSQ) but he definitely left a mark with his ‘magic’ during the riddle and True/False stages of the competition at the two final laps of the competition.
His remarkable skills got him trending on most social media platforms particularly after the quarter final stage after he answered correctly all questions posed at him in the last two rounds of the competition.
Newton did not disappoint in the grand finale either, he got his team to carry home the new trophy and the title for the second time.
Expressing gratitude to God for Augusco’s success in the competition, he said, “We are very happy that we are victors today…We are very happy that our hard work has paid off and the Almighty God has not forsaken us”.
Nathaniel Mensah, who was stiff competition for Newton in the riddle and true/false rounds said “To some point, we are disappointed but then, it’s all good. We are going to prepare very well and come back next year. Expect nothing but the best in 2020 NSMQ”, he said.
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