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.
What Senyo Hosi said about University of Ghana management
Businessman, Senyo Hosi, has unloaded on the management of the University of Ghana castigating them for incompetence, in a rant that has gone viral.
At Ghana’s premier university’s event marking its 70th anniversary, the Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber of Bulk Oil Distributors (CBOD) standing in front of a sparse audience, directed his tirade at management and lecturers stressing, “you guys are not thinking.”
”You are churning out people with degrees not people with an education, not people with skills,” the entreprenuer who said he bags three degrees from the university.
In the video recorded by Citi TV, Mr Hosi stressed he will not hire MBA graduates from the University of Ghana because they lack relevant skills.
In a no holds barred criticism, Senyo Hosi called for the clearing out of old managers and lecturers in the school.
“Respectfully, the old men running this school, they are too many. Get them out!”
I HAVE A GOOD PUBLIC RELATIONS – ANTWI TONY ( USAG FINANCIAL CONTROLLER HOPEFUL)
Antwi Tony, widely known on campus as Bra Qwame is a student of the University for development studies ,Wa campus.His impeccable style of writing coupled with his zeal and passion for student activism through journalism ,probity and accountability established him as an instant household name on campus, making him to be the list of the ten students making it big on and outside campus a research done by a campus online media called JKTV.com.He also served as the Public Relations Officer for the 2018/2019 academic year.
“I have the intention of contesting for the position of USAG Financial Controller to serve our noble mother association and the nation at large.
I arrived at this conclusion after a careful personal scrutiny of myself , social consultation and I have studied the duties of USAG Financial Controller which is stipulated in article 33 of the USAG constitution” He said.
During the interview the gentleman said
He is highly experienced in public relation and teaching with strong leadership skills, coupled with excellent written and spoken communication skills , marketing research and ability to work with a team to achieve the best.
This is why he intend to bring on board a set of policies dubbed “A NEW DAY AGENDA” with the motto “ a higher Financial Attitude “ ” together we will reach the finish line.. “.
According to Mr. Antwi,the following pilicies will be the best bet to the students to take on;
✔Improving efficiency and transparency as far as accounts of the association is concerned
✔Widening the sponsorship base reaching out to more organisations for grant
✔Evaluating risks of events by analysing the cost involved against the predicted revenue of the occasion.
✔Educating the public (Affiliates) on the state of the Association’s finances by making time on all the platforms of the association.
“I therefore submit myself for any necessary help to make electorates get me”
Good luck Bra Quame!
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.
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