President Akufo -Addo has stressed the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)Education in the country’s educational system. He said the national strategy to promote STEM education throughout Ghana’s educational system is to stimulate the interest of students, especially girls in science education.
The president said this in an interaction with the press at the Flagstaff House in Accra, to mark his one year in office. He said government will work systematically to solve the problems of the education sector, including challenges of the Free Senior High School Initiative. Emphasizing the need to strengthen the country’s capacity in manufacturing, technology and innovation, the president said prioritizing and fast-tracking the development and application of Science, Technology and Innovation is key to meeting the need of our growing world.
He revealed that the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation are working together to intensify the education, development and application of the technologies needed to solve the various challenges the country faces in its development drive. This will include locally designing and manufacturing machines, machine parts and tools needed in the country. This he said, will involve educating the workforce to meet the needs of the modern economy.
President Akufo-Addo also encouraged Ghanaians to support the ‘He for She’ campaign to help achieve gender parity. He said, ‘I wish to encourage all to support the He for She campaign to help us achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal number 5’.