The government has secured 175 million euros from the Standard Chartered Bank of the United Kingdom for the construction of a STEM campus at Nsuatre in the Bono Region, according to Gifty Twum Ampofo, deputy minister for education in charge of TVET, who was speaking at the education festival and the 5th anniversary of Obrempong Prof Kyem-Amponsah II, chief of Fiapre in the Bono Region.
The site includes labs, housing for staff and students, and an ICT center to support the teaching and learning of the STEM curriculum, according to the deputy minister of education. The aforementioned project must be finished in 28 months.
The chief of Chiraa, Barima Minta Afari, who served as the event’s chairman in place of the Omanhene of Dormaa, Osagyefo Oseadeye Dr Agyemang Badu II, urged the youth to refrain from disrespecting elders and authorities and instead make use of the government’s free SHS and other social intervention programs to improve their lot.
Speaking to the crowd, the chief of Fiapre noted that the education festival fell on the same day as his fifth anniversary as the town’s chief. As a result, he urged his people and the government to help him create an educational fund to support education in his region.
In his five years as the leader, he continued, more than 68 of his subjects had received scholarships to study STEM at various colleges both domestically and overseas, and he hoped to accomplish even more in the years to come.
Former secretaries of state Prof. Christopher Ameyaw-Ekumfi and Kwadwo Adjei Darko, as well as current member of parliament for Sunyani West Constituency Ignatius Awuah, were present.