Bridging the Gap in STEM Education and Reading
The Goethe-Institut’s partnership with Bountiful Technologies and WorldReader collaborated with Agona West Municipal Educational Directorate to bring the two-day Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education and E-reading workshops for teachers in the said Municipality to enhance their teaching using technology and other innovative approaches.
The workshop themed “Making STEM Education Accessible and Developing Reading Habits among the Rising Generation” was held in Agona Swedru and saw a selected number of teachers across the municipality participate in this workshop.
The focus of the workshop was to bridge the gap in the accessibility of quality STEM education and more importantly on equipping teachers with the needed practical skills in handling STEM classes and by extension, develop and drive the interests of the students in the Agona West Municipality. 70 teachers from the circuits in the Agona Swedru Municipality built and programmed educational robots as a dynamic step to igniting interests in STEM education.
About 5 Librarians who were present were also taken through a separate session led by WorldReader to introduce and train them in the use and handling of E-reading tablets and how to incorporate it in their current libraries.
The introduction of the E-reading tablets was aimed at stirring up the interests of the students to read more by engaging their curiosity of a new way to read – for some students, this may be their first time seeing such a thing (device).
The Guest Speaker for the launch of the workshops was Hon. Rev. Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister of Education. He complimented the government’s recognition of the importance of STEM education and its effort in the creation of STEM programmes and operationalization of 11 model STEM High Schools across Ghana.
In line with the vision to promote STEM education and the love for reading, Goethe-Institut Ghana sponsored the donation of 5 STEM Educational Robotics kits and 15 E-reading Tablets to the Agona West Municipal Directorate on behalf of Bountiful Technologies and WorldReader.
The Agona West Municipal Director of Education, called on the teachers who underwent the workshop to be the forbearers of the initiative in its implementation by engaging their colleagues and students in the subject of STEM training.