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THANKS to these champions for girls in science

The January teacher training workshop was a wonderful way to connect AWAP members with Ghanaian educators and community organizers, as well as students at the local universities. We count ourselves fortunate, and it is a testament to the importance of this project, to have so many take time out of their their busy schedules to help us out.

Champions for the Girls Science Club Initiative

Ms. Georgina Quasie, the former director of the Science Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service, was there to facilitate discussions, and, most importantly, to model curiosity, humility and life-long learning. (Below, she tries a new activity helped by the new teachers).

Ms. Olivia Opare (in blue), the national science coordinator, showed the teachers that trouble shooting is just as important as having the right answer. She had also offered AWAP a lot of tips on acquiring and developing locally-sourced science materials.

Rev. Joana Koranteng, the former science, technology and mathematics coordinator for GES (in pink), listened to teachers as they shared their ideas on effective teaching and learning. Ms. Sola Boateng, the current mathematics coordinator, (in orange behind Ms. Koranteng) is doing the same with another group.

How should a good science classroom look like?

Science hero to the rescue! The Ga West district science coordinator, Mr. Doli, saved the day (as we neglected to pack the bag of incandescent and LED lights) by contributing bulbs (in the black bag!) to the electrical circuit activities, having just come from delivering a similar workshop to a group of teachers under his charge. Phew.

Mr. Doli to the rescue

Read about how we met these wonderful people.

The workshop was created by Dr. Connie Chow, seen here looking on as a group of teachers attempt a challenge.

Group work

Ghana: Ready for science clubs

Board member Dr. Connie Chow travelled to Ghana this past winter to kick start the Girls Science Exploratory project in Pokuase, under the aegis of AWAP. She worked with Petrine Addae, AWAP’s Project Manager in Ghana, to connect with other stakeholders to root the project in the education and local communities. (Connie was pleased to escape the snow in Boston)!

While Dr. Chow has been to Ghana several times, Petrine has laid important groundwork and made essential connections beyond what was previously established. Petrine introduced Connie to national, municipal and school leaders and administrators in science education. All were supportive of the Girls Science Exploratory Clubs that introduce hands-on experiences; however, a few of them needed a little bit of convincing of the value of girls-only clubs. Now, all are aboard!

Here are some of of the champions of our initiative.

The team at the Ghana Education Service Science Education Unit, including (from L to R, above) Mr. Andrews Quaning, Head; Ms. Olivia Serwaa Opare, the National Science Coordinator; and Ms. Sola Boateng, the National Math Coordinator. (Board member Connie Chow is in the center and Ms. Addae is on the far right). Mr. Quaning and his team were already encouraging schools to establish science clubs, and were in the midst of documenting how many schools already had them. The majority, we were told, happend in the senior secondary schools.  Continue reading Ghana: Ready for science clubs

Teachers and heads of schools

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We are thrilled to have these enthusiastic teachers as part of our team, and to have the support of the heads of schools! Teachers we have trained come from the following schools in Pokuase, Ghana:

  • St. Sylvanus Roman Catholic School
  • Pokuase MA Basic School
  • Nii Oto Kwame School
  • AME Zion School
  • Pokuase Methodist Basic School 1 & 2

We also work with the Rangoon Camp Junior Secondary School in Accra.

Click on the image above or here to find out who they are and the schools they are associated with.