Ghana

Ghana

BEGINS ON

25 November 2019

40

Days

16

Hours

22

Minutes

Hi, my name is Peter Asare-Nuamah

NEF Ambassador – Ghana

Peter Asare-Nuamah, a Ghanaian, is currently finishing his PhD in Governance and Regional Integration at Pan African University, Cameroon. Peter holds Master of Public Administration and Postgraduate Diploma in Research Methodology from Veer Narmad South Gujarat University, India where he received Hari Om Ashram Arpit Sir Prabhashankar Patni Medal and Smt. Sharda Ambelal Desai Prize awards. He has a Bachelor Degree in Information Studies with Geography and Resource Development from the University of Ghana. His fields of academic interest include Public Administration, Information Studies, Education and Governance. Peter’s research interest cuts across disaster management, climate change, education, e-governance and Pan Africanism. He is an Alumnus of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholarship Programme and is currently on the African Union Commission (Pan African University) Scholarship for his PhD. He has served in different leadership capacities. Peter aspires to contribute to academia and society through research and teaching particularly in theAfrican context.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SCIENCE IN Ghana

Ghana’s global recognition stems from its democratic system, agriculture performance and sports. However, in recent times, Ghana’s performance in STEM is commendable and has influenced Google’s decision to set up an Artificial Intelligence Research Center in Accra for the Sub-Saharan Region. To promote STEM innovation, the Government of Ghana restructured the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation. Consequently, in 2017 the President of Ghana set up $100m to fund the National Entrepreneurship and Innovation Plan (NEIP). In 2018 the Ministry of Business and Development made its first call for young innovators and entrepreneurs to tap into the ‘Presidential Pitch’. The Ministry of Trade and Industry has also announced its plans to set up five incubation centers across Universities in Ghana to nurture entrepreneurship skills. Ghana is poised to lift the standard of STEM to a global level. Currently, ICT education plays an important role in Ghana’s education system. Not forgetting the famous and prestigious National Science and Maths Quiz (NSMQ) organized annually for secondary schools in Ghana to boost the passion for Science and Maths education. Ghana has also seen the establishment of the African Institute of Mathematica Science in Biriwa to boost STEM education.

ASW HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2018

OUR 2019 PROGRAM

November

25th

STEM outreach with hackathon competition

8:30 – 5:00

Tamale Jubilee Filed, Northern Region

The program begins with a welcome address from regional director of Education, afterward a keynote address from a keynote speaker (Dean of Engineering at the University for Development Studies). Keynote speaker talks briefly on the importance of science to national development. Three stations set up, one each for Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. A moderator leads each table and demonstrates two experiments on the subject area. Participants rotate among tables based on their interests. Two experiments will be performed at each table and as many times as practicable within the allotted time. This is to cater for students with multiple interests. Moderators respond to questions from participants at their respective stations. Participants in Hackathon grouped. Each group brings up an idea to solve a real-world challenge through coding. Participants in this will be beginner coders. Groups pitch their products. Senior/junior high school students grouped and led to the design of a solar thermal collector for cooking.

November

26th

STEM outreach

10:00 – 2:00

Holy Spirit Catholic School, Ho, Volta Region

This event introduces underprivileged school children in the Volta Region to virtual reality and its application in science education. Students will explore various aspects of their classroom education practically using virtual reality.

September

27th

STEM workshop

10:00 – 5:00

Kumasi Hive, Kumasi, Ashanti Region

The workshop is a hands-on workshop on how to design and build science hardware for biology and environmental sensing. The workshop is expected to train a maximum of 20 students and graduates in emerging technologies like 3D printing, IoT and principles in biology to enable them to build working science hardware3 prototypes within a day.

November

28th

STEM competition in selected basic schools

8:00 – 1:00

All Nations University, Koforidua, Eastern Region

The program is going to promote research-based STEM education by engaging students in 7 different high schools into internet research on different STEM topics. The topics will be given a month before the program. At the program, the students are going to present their findings in a PowerPoint presentation and in a competitive way. They will be rewarded according to depth-of-research and presentation skills.

November

29th

STEM competition

8:00 – 5:30

Accra, Greater Accra Region

An exciting science challenge for Junior High School students, where participants working in groups will be given specific science challenges to solve using specific everyday materials provided. The various challenges will cover themes in a. Engineering b. Chemistry c. Physics d. Biology/Agriculture

Science Café

8:00 – 5:30

Accra, Greater Accra Region

Science Cafe is a knowledge exchange and networking platform that connects scientists, innovators, and the general public. For NEF Africa Science Week Ghana 2019, Global Lab Network and GhScientific will curate a conversation on how to make Ghana competitive in scientific research in order to be better positioned to pursue an evidence-based pathway for sustainable development. The conversation will be aimed at the general public and effort will be made to convene some of the brightest, most critical, and enterprising minds and actors in the Ghanaian knowledge ecosystem. For purposeful discussion, the conversation may be focused on some of the most important topics of our time, including climate change, urban transitions, biotechnology, and artificial intelligence/big data.

November

30th

Planetarium Show and Science Activities

7:30 – 9:30

Accra, Greater Accra Region

This half-day event (Planetarium Show) will host 60 Junior High School students at the Planetarium where they will enjoy a planetarium show, followed by a selection of hands-on activities where they will learn about light and how astronomers use light to learn about the universe.

Women in Science Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00

Accra, Greater Accra Region

The Women in Science breakfast meeting will be an opportunity for Ghanaian women excelling in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields to have an honest conversation with the younger ones about their career journey, milestones, challenges, failures and ambitions. Through this event, we seek to provide African women with the skills, networks, information and opportunities to position them to take advantage of opportunities in STEM and create a platform for African women to network, share their journey and inspire each other. We are expecting at least 100 women in attendance, with the goal of making the environment-friendly and informal so the women will feel at ease to open up. Ladies in attendance will also be matched with peer mentors for one-on-one or group peer mentorship sessions after the event.

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