By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |
MTN Ghana Foundation, the social responsibility wing of telecoms giants, MTN in collaboration with Dext Technology has supported Akatsi D.A/A.R.S. Basic School in the Akatsi South District of the Volta Region with some 145 Science sets.
The donation on Tuesday formed the last leg of a nationwide distribution of the sets aimed at enhancing the teaching and learning of science and technology in basic schools.
The Science set, the first ever product of Kumasi-based technology innovative development organisation, Dext Technology which had won prestigious awards including African Union Innovation Award, is believed to provide pupils with the requisite practical experience for the study of the subject.
Regional Team Lead, MTN, Mawuli Katahena in an interview with Voltaonlinegh.com at a short ceremony to hand over the tools to the school explained that MTN was passionate about the education of the young ones especially in the area of Science.
“We believe that the children are the future leaders. We believe that the children need lot of Science education and we also acknowledge the fact that our lectures are too theoretical and not much practical and so, we have collaborated with Dext to make the teaching and learning of Science so easy and interesting.”
Mr. Katahena said MTN was motivated to partner with Dext because “with this simple tool, they (pupils) can do a lot of things” and added that their aim was to help them have “do a hands on experiment in Science not just the theoretical but feel what they’re been taught.”
He also hinted that MTN would further push this project and get other Science-based equipment for schools across all the regions to build interest in young people to study Science.
Mawuli Amedofu of Dext Technology underscored the importance of the new innovation saying, it had about 35 components capable of operating 26 experiments in the basic school syllabus including building a simple circuit, understanding the properties of light, electromagnetics and usage of resistors.
Mr. Amedofu assured of development of more “hands on learning tools for Science” to train “problem solvers and innovators for the future” saying, their first flagship product, the Science set had received endorsement both locally and internationally and had also brought on board MTN.
District Chief Executive for the area, Leo-Nelson Adzidogah thanked MTN for the items which he believed would be put to good use to benefit the present pupils of the school and those yet to come.
Mr. Adzidogah urged pupils and staff of the school to take proper care of the Science sets for younger ones who would come after them to also have the practical feel of the subject.
Head teacher of the school, Melody Akorfa Kovey disclosed that some science teachers in the school had been trained on how to manipulate the device and the others will also receive the training in due time in order for them to give a comprehensive user-training to pupils for the desired impact.
The day which saw some upper primary pupils demonstrate the use of the sets for experiments was attended by officials from the District Education Directorate, and representatives of Parents and Teachers Association and the School Management Council.