Minister of Education must help promote STEM education – Siemens Ghana
Siemens Ghana, in a conversation with Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, the Minister of Education, about partnering to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) education in Ghana and to give Siemens sponsorship to Senior High School students who participated in the Eskom Science Expo for Young Scientists, an annual science fair held in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Country Manager of Siemens Ghana, Edmund Acheampong, with a delegation made up of Rebecca Ottman, Head of Siemens Stiftung, the foundation responsible for STEM education in Africa; Mrs Guddy Abena A. Kermah, Headmistress of Sekondi College; Joel Doggoe from MISE Foundation and the sponsored students from Sekondi College and Lincoln Community School led the Siemens team.
Mr Acheampong briefed the Minister on their plans in boosting STEM education in the country and making it easier in getting access to education and technology in the industry.
He said, “Siemens has set up a Siemens equipped lab in KNUST to train engineering students with the practical skills and skill set needed in key industries”.
He also explained that, teachers selected for this initiation are well educated and qualified teachers who will help facilitate teaching and prepare students for the job market.
Siemens Ghana also has an agreement with the Takoradi Technical University to set up a well-built infrastructure laboratory on their campus.
“We have also refurbished and restocked the ICT lab of Sekondi College with 45 state-of-the-art computers and accessories”, he added.
Mr Acheampong further added that “we are going to set up Siemens training centres in the country to meet the training and certification needs of technicians, not only in schools but also professionals in the industry.’’
Dr Prempeh congratulated the Siemens Ghana team for the initiatives, stating “you are on the right track. I have always known Siemens will grow with us. For everything you are doing, thank you”. He also encouraged more collaboration with the ministry, “we have an ambitious agenda to promote STEM from primary 4; to build STEM centres, Robotic centres, among others. We trust that Siemens will continue to work with us to achieve this.
He also talked about the student’s well-prepared manner the students in the annual science expo organized in South Africa showed to the Minister.
He stated that “the innovative science research projects displayed by Ghanaian students, the gold medal they won and the presence of the entire Ghanaian delegation at the science expo raised high the flag of Ghana and rightfully projected Ghana as a country committed to promoting STEM education”.
The Lincoln Schools project got a gold medal during the science expo and they used that opportunity to talk to the minister on machine learning.
Mr Acheampong, on behalf of Siemens Ghana, thanked his team and encouraged them to work hand in hand with the government of Ghana to continue supporting the STEM agenda in the country.