MTN Foundation has distributed science sets to Bethel Methodist Juniour High School in Takoradi to assist in their science ‘practicals’.
“MTN is more passionate about equipping the next generation with requisite skills and information on the relevance of science and technology, and to make the teaching of science more practicable,” Mohammed Tiyuniba Yakubu, Acting Regional Manager of South-West MTN Ghana, has said.
He said: “Besides, our partner’s (Desktop Technology) vision of making available easy and simple science materials for teaching and learning science in the basic schools resonates with the overall focus of the business – providing limitless opportunities for young people in the area of technology”.
According to him, the first phase of the presentation will end in February, and it is expected to be extended to other schools based on the outcome of implementing this phase.
He pointed out that each set cost GH¢80, and it is expected that about 2,000 sets will be distributed to 14 selected Junior High Schools across the country.
Mr. Yakubu further explained that in selecting these schools, priority was given to some Foundation-constructed or supported schools nationwide, as this will help the Foundation to revisit those schools and ensure a continuous support for them.
“Other criteria for selection included absence of a science laboratory and the B.E.C.E. performance of students in science,” he added.
So far, he said, science teachers in the selected schools have been trained; and two schools in the Greater Accra Region, namely Nima Cluster of Schools and La Nkwantanang Cluster of Schools, have been covered by the distribution.
“The science set is made up of small parts which if you are not careful after every practical, you will lose a part; the more you lose of it, the more it becomes irrelevant for practical use. And I therefore urge you to take good care of them after every practical,” he said.
Mr. Caleb Fuga, Marketing Head of Desktop Technology, explained that beyond the chalkboard there is not enough practical science education: “Our company brought the idea to build the science set, which is solving the problem of putting up a huge science laboratory and maintenance cost.
“We decided to create something very small like a text-book that every child can carry on themselves, and therefore enhance their creativity-nature by having the opportunity to get a practical science education,” he said.
“We are very grateful to MTN for this initiative: they have really proven that they are innovative with ideas. This adds value to education, every parent can buy this for their ward to allow them to have a hands-on on education when they start to build things up things for themselves,” he added.