The Ghana Science Association (GSA) branch at the Asante Mampong Campus of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), with the support of the Asante Mampong Municipal Education Directorate, has organised a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Training Workshop for Junior High School (JHS) Science and Mathematics Teachers within the Municipality.
The workshop facilitators, all of whom were lecturers of AAMUSTED, equipped participants with pedagogical skills appropriate for ensuring effective classroom delivery. The participants also received knowledge about how to tailor their STEM teaching to the interest and proper understanding of pupils.
The workshop was with the theme “The First Cycle Teacher: An Essential Asset for Credible Science and Mathematics Education in Ghana.” More than 200 people including, 135 JHS teachers, 15 representatives from the Municipal Education Directorate, and some students from AAMUSTED, participated in the workshop held in July 2021.
The immediate past Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UNER), and former Principal of the College of Agriculture Education (CAGRIC), Prof. Harrison Dapaah, chaired the opening session of the workshop.
He stressed the need for uncompromising efforts towards the effective teaching of Mathematics and Science at the JHS. He, therefore, encouraged the participants to pay attention and assimilate enough of the new knowledge to be taught at the workshop. That way, he said, he was certain that they could improve their approaches to teaching Mathematics and Science to achieve better results.
President of the Asante Mampong Branch of GSA and Chaplain of CAGRIC, Rev. Kwame Nkrumah Hope, called for closer collaboration among AAMUSTED, the Municipal Education Directorate, JHS, and GSA, to help improve upon the teaching and learning of Science and Mathematics at the JHS level.
The GSA President touched on the Association’s strategies to improve Science and Mathematics teaching and learning in the catchment area, hinting that the Association is in the process of commencing an Annual Inter-Schools STEM Quiz Competition for JHS pupils within the Asante Mampong Municipality. He also advocated for Science and Mathematics Clubs at the JHS level to boost interest in the two subjects among the pupils.
Participants were given a certificate of participation and other souvenirs.
Also present at the workshop were Prof. Emmanuel Dartey, Dean of Faculty of Science Education, Mr. Alex Kwame Sarpong, Officer-in-charge of Training at the Municipal Education Office, and Mr. David Doe, who represented the Municipal Director of Education.
The workshop facilitators were Dr. Holy Zanu, Dr. Isaac Monney, Dr. Mrs. Janice Dwomoh Abraham, Dr. Isaac Owusu Mensah, Dr. Ekow Mensah, Papa Kofi Amissah-Reynolds, Mr. Opoku Gyamfi, Mr.Yao Donusen, and Mr. Samuel Gyampoh.