Education Minister backs STEM initiative for Zongo Communities

Confirmes the ministry’s readiness to provide technical support for the implementation

In a move to boost access to quality technical education, Ghana’s Education Minister, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has thrown his weight behind an initiative by the Zongo Development Fund (ZoDF) to include Zongo communities in the government’s STEM-integrated technical education policy.

The Minister stated that the current policy aims at transforming Ghana’s educational landscape through a “paradigm shift from the 19th to the 21st century.” He emphasised that this transformation will be inclusive, involving all communities across the country, including historically marginalised ones like the Zongo settlements.

The ZoDF initiative focuses on promoting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) studies along with IT skills in senior high schools located in Zongo areas. This aligns with the government’s vision of reorienting the curriculum to produce students equipped with modern, industry-relevant competencies.

The Minister also highlighted various interventions undertaken during his tenure to upgrade educational infrastructure in Zongo localities. This includes the construction of new classroom blocks and computer labs in several areas.

Dr. Arafat Sulemana Abdulai, Chief Executive Officer of ZoDF, welcomed the Education Minister’s endorsement as he conveyed the Fund’s gratitude to the education minister for his proactive engagement, recommendations, and support.

Experts have long advocated prioritising STEM and digital skills education, especially for communities facing socio-economic challenges. If implemented effectively, this ZoDF-led initiative could open doors for better higher education and employment opportunities for students from Zongo backgrounds.

With the Zongo Communities positioning themselves as a hub for technology and innovation in West Africa, a STEM-proficient youth cohort from all sections of society could prove to be an invaluable asset.

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