Six thousand Junior High School (JHS) students in Accra have reportedly been targeted for an Electrical and Electronics Clinic, aimed at offering the young ones a beginner's path to studies and careers in engineering.
The initiative is a brainchild of the Zongo Inspiration Team (ZIT) in collaboration with the National Society of Black Engineers(NSBE).
As reported by Faisal Mutari, the flagship project seeks to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in Ghana.
It started on March 7, 2019 at the Al Banat Preparatory School premises in Nima, where 60 students were introduced to basic electrical concepts in light, magnetism and electrical circuits.
Volunteers from ZIT and NSBE placed the students, mostly from underprivileged backgrounds, in teams of eight and offered directions that enabled them to apply the basic electrical skills.
Rabiu Maude, the president of ZIT, said the collaboration with NSBE was a strategic venture that will help stimulate the study of STEM in a large number of schools within Zongo communities.
The president of ZIT was quoted as saying: “Teaching and learning outcomes in the sciences are poor in Ghana and worse in deprived communities.
As a group interested and involved in bettering educational standards within deprived communities, ZIT partnered with NSBE to give better learning outcomes by exposing pupils to a better appreciation of engineering through practical fun lessons."
In Ghana, children from inner-cities of commmercially vibrant places like Accra are often left behind in education and climbing the economic ladder.
Zongo communities, unique inner-cities usually populated by Muslims, have been stereotyped as avenues that breed some of societies worst people. Most of the youth fall into the stereotyped roles because they lack support.
It is hoped that the initiative undertaken by ZIT and NBSE will go a long way to direct the futures of thousands of kids on to the right path.
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