Professor Elsie Effah Kaufmann, Associate Professor, University of Ghana, has called on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to look for ways to reward those who go the extra mile to promote STEM education.
She said the narrative about STEM was changing and individuals and organisations doing their best to promote it needed to be encouraged and rewarded.
Prof Kaufmann said this in an interview with GNA on the sidelines of the launch of the Practical Education Network’s (PEN) Resource Centre and Science Resource Manual for Basic School Teachers.
The Centre will enable schools and other education stakeholders to learn STEM subjects practically and experience what the hands-on STEM approach means in real.
It is equipped with hands-on STEM activities made from local materials.
The Manuals contained tested science activities for teachers to follow in order to make learning impactful, meaningful and enjoyable for all leaders.
It provides step-by-step procedures for activities that bring every single science topic in the curriculum to life.
Prof Kaufmann urged stakeholders in education to endeavour to include practical steps to teach others subjects for easy learning not only for STEM.
She said previously STEM education had been a means to an end but ” l am happy to note that there are changes in the promotion of these subjects in the country.”
The Associate Professor said as a country, there was the need for critical mass if people, educators, who believe in the narrative and were willing to put in the effort to change society.
She commended management of PEN for their continuous support in promoting the teaching and learning of STEM subjects right from the basic education level
Dr Heather Beem, the Founder and CEO of PEN, said the activities had been carefully illustrated to make it easier to replicate through its visual appeal.
She said the manual had been prepared in alignment with the new national primary school science curriculum (2019) and will support teachers to deliver a hands-on teaching approach in classrooms across the country.
The Founder said PEN donated the first 1400 copies of its recently approved National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, (NaCCA) science teacher resource manuals for upper and lower primary schools to the Science Education Unit of Ghana Education Service.
She said PEN would continue to train STEM teachers to employ hands-on pedagogical, leveraging on locally available materials for the practice experience.
“PEN teachers equip their students with technical skills to solve the continent’s pressing challenges,” She added.
Mr Emmanuel Omang Ocquaye, National Integrated Science Coordinator, Science Education Unit of GES, commended management of PEN for their contributions to development of STEM education in the country.