First science, technology and innovation education camp opens
Mr Alex Tettey-Enyo, Minister of Education, on Tuesday launched the first edition of Science, Technology and Innovation Education (STIE) Camp for Senior High School students in the country, in Accra.
The camp being attended by 500 boys and girls from all Senior High Schools is on the theme “Ensuring Gender Equity in Science, Technology and Innovation for a Better Ghana”.
The 15-day camp is to enable the participants to take the initiative of inventing things on their own, promote innovations and skills building among the youth.
The Minister said that the programme would unearth talents among the youth for creative thinking and effective application of concepts learnt in schools.
Mr Tettey-Enyo commended the Ghana Education Service (GES) for initiating the camp to provide the students equal opportunity to study science,
He said that “all students need to be assisted through science and technology education to be able to participate actively as persons and responsible citizens”.
Mr Tettey-Enyo noted that the introduction of Science, Technology and Mathematics Education Camp for girls had helped to demystify the study of science for girls and to promote gender imbalance.
The Minister asked stakeholders in education to work closely with the GES in building human capacity for the youth.
Mrs Georgina Quaisie, Head of Science Education Unit, GES, said that the STIE Camp was also to address pertinent issues impeding the study of science and technology in first and second cycle institutions in the country.
She said additionally, the camp would help develop healthy educational competition among students, provide opportunities for networking and showcase benefits to be derived from the study of science, technical and vocational programmes.
Mrs Quaisie said “It is also to encourage parents and guardians as well as students make the choice of studying science, technology disciplines a priority”.
The students would undertake educational tours to some organisations to see the application of science and interact with some role models in the sciences.