FSE to Promote STEM Education in Ghana
The Faculty of Science Education (FSE) as part of its week-long celebration has outlined strategies to promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education in Ghana. This is to support the government to be on target with its policy to achieve a ratio of 60:40 sciences to humanities in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
STEM Education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of the STEM disciplines and other disciplines. STEM therefore embodies an interdisciplinary and applied approach to teaching that focuses on the development of transversal competencies, or STEM skills.
Some of the dignitaries who graced the occasion
The Faculty in an attempt to support this initiative has reviewed its programmes including approaches to teaching and learning to promote the development of learners’ STEM skills. Similarly, they supported the National Council for Tertiary Education/Transforming Teacher Education and Learning (NCTE/T-TEL).
Also, the Faculty assisted in Ghana’s review of Colleges of Education programmes to the training of STEM proficient basic school teachers, and in the process of breaking the present Faculty into three STEM related Faculties.
The strategies outlined by FSE were captured in a speech delivered by the Dean, Faculty of Science Education, Prof. Ruby Hanson at the Opening Ceremony of the Faculty’s week celebration.
Dean of FSE, Prof. Ruby Hanson
She said “as basic teachers, we can engage our students in mini projects that can offer accessible contexts for integrating STEM and sustainable education. The creation of a school or community garden, farm, sports or science club, can engage our young ones and help them to interact favourably as they learn to appreciate and accommodate each other, while applying their acquired knowledge, higher order thinking skills, reflective skills, and other STEM skills”.
The celebration which started from Monday, 4th to Friday, 8th March, 2019 saw activities such as “A Walk by Students and Staff of the Faculty through the principal streets of Winneba, Inter-Departmental Association games, Exhibition at the Faculty of Science Block, South Campus and an Exhibition at the North Campus (Food bazaar, Fashion show, and Gymnastic display)”.
Chairman for the occasion, Prof. Kolawole Raheem and emcee Mrs. Lani Ashong
A section of UEW science students at the celebration
Students from the School of Creative Arts entertaining the audience