The Programmes Officer at Action Aide Ghana in the Upper East Region,Madam Juliet Adams has encouraged pupils at the Basic Schools to make the studies of Science and Mathematics a priority.She further on challenged them to consider offering Science Programs at the Senior High Schools and at the University level. Madam Juliet was speaking at a closing ceremony to mark the end of this year’s Science, Technology, Mathematics, Innovation and Engineering, STMIE program held at Kongo in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region. She was of the view that Science and Mathematics related courses broadens knowledge and thus helps the child to think outside the box.
This year’s theme was on; ‘’National Progress through Gender, Science, Technology and Innovation Education’’.
The four days residential camp brought together pupils from eighteen different schools within the District. The children engaged themselves in physical exhibits and tried to develop mechanisms to solve problems in society using Science and technology. They were taken through series of activities like field trips, quiz competitions, guidance and counseling talks among others. Prizes were awarded to deserving students and schools at the end of the program
Also speaking on the theme was the District Coordinator of STMIE, Mr.Emmanuel Ditamina, who underscored the need to study Science and Mathematics related courses which are the backbone for growth and thus will propel socio economic development of the Nation at large. He said the STMIE program at the Nabdam District will offer them the opportunity to have the physical and practical experience of science and hence associate themselves with the subjects. He mentioned that the Nabdam District since 2015 has performed creditably well during the Regional Contests and hence calling on parents to continue to support them in their quest to encourage creativity and innovation. He however mentioned that the lack of funds and other resources could be an impediment in the study of Science and Mathematics since it is capital intensive.
The Director of Human Resource at the Nabdam District Education Directorate, Mr.Daniel Ayamga expressed their wiliness to support the STMIE program. He commended Action Aide Ghana, the District Assembly, the Member of Parliament and the Coordinator of the Program for their overwhelming support throughout the event.
At the end of the programme,Nangodi Junior School was adjudged the best performing school in the exhibits development competition.
Report by: Peter Agengre