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The MTN Ghana Foundation and Dext Technology have collaborated to boost science education in some selected basic schools across Ghana. To this effect, the two institutions have commenced the joint distribution of over 2,000 Science sets to pupils in about 14 deprived Junior High Schools across Ghana.
The Science Sets were developed and built by Dext Technology with financial support from the MTN Ghana Foundation at a total cost of Ghc126.060.
Some 28 science teachers in selected schools have received training on how to use the devices well during their teachings. The Sets have so far been distributed to the La Nkwantanang Cluster of Schools at Madina and to the Nima Cluster of Schools. Each school will receive between 140 and 145 Science Sets depending of on the student population.
At a presentation ceremony at the Nima Cluster of Schools on Wednesday, December 12, 2018, Robert Cudjoe, who is the Senior Manager for Sustainability and Social Impact at the MTN Ghana Foundation, remarked passionately about the importance of equipping the next generation and building capacities in science and technology.
He said the initiative has become necessary due to the need to bridge that yawning gap in practical science education in Ghana and also to ensure that the new generation is able to find solutions to key national issues with good scientific approach.
“About 14 public institutions would benefit from this distribution. This initiative came about because we know that there has been some deficit in terms of the number of science students who graduate from schools in this country, and we know the impact science can play in the socio-economic development of the nation.
“It is in view of this that the MTN Foundation decided to partner Dext Techniology to come up with this initiative. We believe this initiative will build confidence in our young people to be able to develop the interest in learning science. The devices are very innovative and creative, they are designed in such a way that it can easily develop that interest in anybody,” Robert Cudjoe told ghananewsonline.com.gh in an interview on the sidelines of the brief presentation ceremony.
It is the belief of the MTN Foundation that the devices would impact the pupils in a very positive way to enhance the study of science while bridging that gap between the underprivileged public basic schools and the private schools. “A nation that has a lot of science graduates is a creative and innovative nation,” Cudjoe stated.
He added that most of the schools selected for the project are the MTN-adopted schools and they believe it will facilitate their visit to those schools more frequently.
The Marketing Officer at Dext Technology, Caleb Fugal, said the huge gap between the practical aspect of the study of science and the theoretical aspect in Ghana is a worrying development.
“We decided to partner with MTN Foundation to help address this challenge as our contribution to the study of science in the country. The initiative will go a long way to build the interest in the young people to be able develop the interest in studying science courses,” he stated.
Receiving the Science Sets, the Headteacher of Nima ‘1’ Basic School, Theodora Abalo, commended highly the initiative of MTN Ghana Foundation and its partners. She said it will go a long way in complimenting the efforts of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in prioritizing Science Education in the country.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananesonline.com.gh