Projects in Ghana - 2011
International education and teachers training projects in Ghana in 2011
IOP spreads its wings in Ghana - electronics workshops held in three regions of Ghana
During April and July 2011 Charles Appiah, the National Coordinator for the IOP in Ghana, and Roger Green, the Volunteer IOP International Coordinator for Ghana, organised workshops in three different regions in Ghana. The workshops took place in Cape Coast, at the IOP Ada Centre on the banks of the Volta river, and in Wa in the north of Ghana. This year alone the IOP have made it possible for more than 100 teachers to have had the benefit of electronics training.
City and Islington College donate £4000 worth of equipment for the IOP in Ghana
Thanks to the support of City and Islington College Science Department, £4000 worth of Microelectronics For All (MFA) kits were donated to the IOP by the College. These kits fulfill the need for a practical, investigative approach to teaching digital electronics. The kits come with a manual which describes a number of investigations, such as, ‘How would you design an alarm system to protect premature babies from an incubator failure?’ The investigative approach using the MFA really captured the imagination of the 66 teachers who attended the two electronics courses which took place in April 2011.
IOP goes mobile to the remote North of Ghana
In June 2011 Mr Charles Appiah organised a course in Wa which is located in the north of the country. The course gave Junior High School Teachers a unique introduction to electronics, only two teachers had any experience of electronics before the course.
The District Director was very helpful and constantly monitored the progress of the teachers during the workshop. She has promised to buy some of the equipment to enable the teachers to practice the hands-on activities. The teachers also agreed to appeal to the various Traditional Councils through their Assembly Men in the various towns to buy some of equipment for the schools.
Junior High School pupils enjoy a course in electronic logic at the IOP Centre in Ada
At the Ada Centre, students from the local international Junior High School were given a lesson using the Microelectronics For All logic boards. Just like the physics teachers, they threw themselves into the practical work with enormous enthusiasm.
Taking collaborative approach
The collaborative approach to the activities of the IOP Ada Centre has been one of the hallmarks of the IOP in Ghana. The Headmaster of the High School, the Head of the Science Resource Centre and the Divisional Education Director for Ada have all played vital roles. In recent months we have also had the enthusiastic support of Mr Douglas Mensah, Director of Philip Harris International. He has played a key role in the development of science education in Ghana over many years, and has worked successfully with different Governments. The International Training and Education Consultancy (ITEC), has also played a major role in the provision of science equipment and the training of science teachers in Ghana. It is thanks to ITEC that we have had use of a Land Rover for this project.
Ada Centre goes wireless
As the Centre also gained a wireless internet connection just a day before the beginning of the course, it is easy to see how the facility and its services are continuously being enhanced.
IOP held in esteem
The course at the Ada Centre was opened by the former Minister of Education, the Hon Mr Alex Tettey – Enyo. He is the MP for Ada, and was a former head of Ada Secondary High School where the Ada Centre is located. He also presented the IOP certificates at the end of the course
The course at the Cape Coast Science Resource Centre, and was opened by the MP for Cape Coast, the Hon. Ebo Barton Odro MP. In total there were two Government ministers , two Directors of Education, and the Director of Philip Harris International, Mr Douglas Mensah, present at the opening ceremony. The eminence of the people at the opening ceremony is a reflection of the esteem with which the Ghana Government holds for the Institute of Physics.