DONATION OF BOOKS – EVERYDAY SCIENCE FOR SCHOOLS MAGAZINE (ESS), TO THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
DATE: 30th July, 2020
VENUE: Council Chamber – National Council for Tertiary Education (NCTE)
- Guests Seated
- Opening Prayer – Wisdom S. Sebuava, Scientific Coordinator, GSA
- Acknowledgement of Dignitaries – Forson Dzotor, Principal Scientific Administrative Officer, GSA
- Welcome Address – Executive Secretary, NCTE
- Brief statement – Professor Regina Appiah-Opong, Honorary National Treasurer, GSA
- Presentation of ESS Magazines – Prof. Regina Appiah-Opong, Honorary National Treasurer, GSA
- Acceptance of ESS Magazines – Prof. Kwesi Yankah, Minister of State in Charge of Tertiary Education
- Closing Remarks – Executive Secretary, NCTE
- Vote of Thanks – Dr. Jacob K. Agbenorhevi, Editor, ESS
- Closing Prayer – Wisdom S. Sebuava, Scientific Coordinator, GSA
MODERATOR: Dr. Elsie Kaufmann, Deputy Editor, ESS
SPEECH BY PROF. KWESI YANKAH, MINISTER OF STATE IN-CHARGE OF TERTIARY EDUCATION ON THE OCCASION OF DONATION OF “EVERYDAY SCIENCE FOR SCHOOLS” MAGAZINES TO THE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION AT THE COUNCIL CHAMBER OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL FOR TERTIARY EDUCATION ON THURSDAY, JULY 30, 2020
Good morning, I am pleased to be here today to receive the donation by the Ghana Science Association of One Thousand copies of the Science Magazine to the Ministry of Education. This is a very welcome gesture by the Ghana Science Association and I wish to thank you for that on behalf of the Ministry of Education.
I am informed that the Ghana Science Association (GSA) traces its origin to the West African Science Association (WASA), which was formed in 1953 at the University College of the Gold Coast to provide West African Scientists the forum to advocate the importance of Science and Technology as the bedrock for national development. To date the Association continues to be at the forefront of organizing the scientific community in Ghana and provide the platform for sharing broadly the knowledge of science and its application to the socio-economic development of Ghana.
It is also refreshing to note that today’s kind gesture by the Ghana Science Association is in line with one of its main policy objectives which is to encourage scientific and technological researches that contribute to socio-economic development of Ghana”. The EVERYDAY SCIENCE FOR SCHOOLS (ESS) Magazine (Volume 6. Number 1) will go a long way to contribute to the Ministry of Education’s effort at promoting Science Education. I would like to also use this opportunity to encourage more stakeholders in the education sector to make such necessary and important contributions.
Ladies and gentlemen, the Government of Ghana has always recognized the fundamental importance of science education and the role it plays in nation’s development. This is because globally, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) are the backbone of advancement and development. It is with efficient and effective STEM education that Ghana’s economy will evolve with the rest of the world with new trends and innovations. Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Institution students are made to study some principles of science and mathematics as all other disciplines and vocations branch out and take shape from STEM. However, it is regrettable to observe that many people still view Science and Mathematics as extremely difficult and abstract disciplines, having little bearing on their daily lives.
STEM forms an integral part of our daily lives and more needs to be done to promote appreciation for STEM in our educational system. This is a task that the Ministry of Education is committed to discharging and we expect to count on groups such as the Science Association to get it done. We know that you have a large pool of expertise to design relevant interventions and help with the implementation to change the paradigm. That is why the Ministry of Education, through the National Council for Tertiary Education shall continue to support you.
On behalf of the Ministry of Education I am happy to accept these One Thousand copies of the EVERYDAY SCIENCE FOR SCHOOLS MAGAZINE from the Ghana Science Association. I would also like to assure you that the magazine will be sent to our Senior High Schools and Colleges of Education and they will be put to the right use.
To the National Executive, the Honorary President and Members of the Ghana Science Association, I say thank you. Thank you for providing our learners with the opportunity to access these Magazines and to help them appreciate the value of Science and Technology.
I hope that this donation shall be only the first in a series that will follow in the future, and I look forward to more active collaboration between the Ministry and the Science Association.
Thank you and God richly bless you!