Develop problem-solving abilities in Youth — Dr. Adutwum

Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, the minister of education, has urged educational institutions to work with the government to provide the youth with inventive and problem-solving abilities in order to establish a strong foundation for them.

He claimed that doing so would make young people more valuable in addressing issues in their local communities and accelerating national growth. In order to provide students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in a technologically advanced world, he clarified that the government was already making investments in the creation of specialized STEM senior high schools (SHS) and a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) academy in Accra.


Dr Adutwum made the call in a speech read on his behalf by the Director, Tertiary Education of the Ministry of Education, Prof. Francis Nunoo, at the 19th Annual Science and Makers’ Fair of the Galaxy International School in Accra last Saturday on the theme, “Imagine, invent and inspire”.

It afforded the pupils and students of the school the opportunity to showcase their various innovative products and scientific experiments. An exhibition was also mounted on the school’s premises while a number of schools were also invited to participate in the fair. The educational institutions comprised of Adentan Community JHS, Lady Fatimah Girls SHS at Adentan Sakora crossroads, Christ Faith Mission 1 Junior High School (JHS), and St Francis Catholic Basic.

Accra STEM Academy

According to Dr. Adutwum, the Accra STEM Academy will provide students with a variety of tools and activities that will allow them to investigate and interact with STEM topics outside of the conventional classroom.

He said that in order to encourage young students’ curiosity and inventiveness, the school would hold workshops, exhibitions, and interactive sessions covering a variety of STEM topics. “The Accra STEM Academy aims to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and technical entrepreneurs by providing access to modern technologies and expert guidance,” the speaker stated.

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The minister further explained that “these institutions are designed to focus on practical training and real-world applications, to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and its practical uses.”

Dr Adutwum stated that ultimately, students would have access to “state-of-the-art laboratories and train in cutting-edge fields such as robotics, coding and advanced sciences.

“This approach not only enhances their learning experience but also prepares them to be innovators and problem-solvers in their communities,” he said. The Managing Director of Galaxy International School, Mehmet Akmermer, said the primary aim of the fair was to enhance students’ ingenuity and to promote the understanding of science, technology and mathematics.

He said it would also ensure that the students were prepared for higher education anywhere in the world. The Adentan Municipal Chief Executive, Ebenezer Doku, said science was not merely a subject, but a “realm of excitement and even mystery and by unravelling the underlying principles behind natural phenomenon, we gain a deeper appreciation for the world around us.”

In order to give them the “unwavering support” they need to face life’s obstacles head-on, he urged parents, guardians, and educators to collaborate with him.

A few of the pupils from the schools that were invited to the fair expressed delight and said that their experiences had opened their eyes.

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