Exciting news on the horizon for Ghana’s education sector! Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education, has revealed plans to introduce specialized aviation and aerospace courses in 12 selected Senior High Schools (SHS) starting from the next academic year.
This initiative marks a significant stride in the promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country, preparing students for success in the era of the fourth industrial revolution.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum made this groundbreaking announcement during a visit to Afia Kobi Ampem Girls Senior High School, lauding it as the first SHS in Ghana to craft a miniature aeroplane as part of its engineering endeavors.
Speaking directly to the students, the minister emphasized that these aviation and aerospace courses would not be treated as mere extracurricular activities but would be integrated into the formal academic curriculum.
“Next year, there are about 12 schools that will be offering aviation and aerospace courses, and, in their case, it is not going to be a club but an academic program,” he affirmed.
These new courses will complement traditional subjects such as physics, chemistry, and advanced mathematics, propelling Ghanaian students into the exciting world of aviation and aerospace.
The decision to introduce these courses was inspired by the remarkable achievements of Afia Kobi Girls SHS in this field, solidifying the school’s transformation into a STEM-focused institution.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum also reiterated the government’s commitment to enhancing the school’s facilities to support academic excellence. He praised the introduction of the “drop everything and read” initiative and pledged to provide a library to facilitate reading, fostering a culture of knowledge acquisition.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Education will support the transition to a STEM-focused curriculum by providing vital resources, including a STEM lab.
This lab will serve as a hub for robotics and projects centered on artificial intelligence, preparing students for the challenges of tomorrow.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum acknowledged the invaluable contributions of teachers leading the engineering club at Afia Kobi Ampem Girls SHS, particularly in inspiring non-science students to participate.
Their dedication and innovation are pivotal in reshaping the educational landscape in Ghana.
This announcement reaffirms Ghana’s dedication to nurturing STEM talent among its students and equipping them to thrive in an ever-evolving technological world.
The future looks promising for Ghana’s youth as they embark on this exciting educational journey in aviation and aerospace.
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