Parents have been urged to motivate their children to venture into science and technology.
Head of Upper Primary, Solomon Bennett Memorial School, Anthony Asare Boakye, said children have enough energy that needs to be tapped and used to positively impact society at large.
“Observe the children when they are at home. Some of them are so creative, and with the encouragement and inspiration from their parents, they can do more than they can imagine”, he said.
Anthony Asare Boakye made the call during an exhibition and science festival at Solomon Bennett Memorial School in Sunyani in the Bono Region.
The festival, an initiative of the CEO of the school, Grace Sheila Bennett, aimed at exhibiting the skills of the students.
A skills development centre with departments was introduced to help nurture the raw talents of the students.
Students were introduced to millinery artefacts, where they make fascinators, catering, visual arts, and tailoring departments to nurture their creative skills.
Learners also exhibited storybooks they were guided to write.
Mr Anthony Asare said they also introduced robotics as part of the learning process in the school.
Out of the training, the students have been able to run program coding and built a prototype traffic light system, gas, and smoke sensors, moving vehicles, hand washing devices, and a smart dustbin amidst the Covid-19 pandemic.
Ebenezer Frimpong, a JHS student and a member of the robotic project team explained that the sensor will be able to detect gas leakages, and smoke to prevent fire in homes and industries.
“We are in a dispensation whereby technology is the order of the day and if you are in Solomon Bennett Memorial school, we encourage parents to also motivate their children to be part of the skills learning process”, Anthony Asare Boakye, explained.
He said the center enhances theoretical teaching in the classroom per the new curriculum which directs practical lessons rather than abstract learning for the Ghanaian child.
He assured parents that their children are at the receiving end of practical learning whereby they can relate to it and be better off than other children.
The science festival, therefore, affords parents the chance to see firsthand what their children have been doing.
Anthony Asare Boakye looks forward to more pragmatic ways by the government in their dealings with the private schools as they also go the extra mile to practically implement the new curriculum.
He, however, urged corporate bodies to support the government in equipping schools, especially those in the rural settings, to help the children appreciate more what they are taught in the classroom.
A parent, Bismark Atta Frimpong, noted that the science festival by the school, arguably the first in the Bono region, deserves a thumbs up for their aim of practically building the knowledge of the students.
“If you have an institution spending money to acquire materials that students can use to practice, it’s a plus because the students will leave the school with a knowledge of what the future holds for them”.
Another parent, Paul Kofi Twene, whose grade 6 daughter exhibited a storybook she authored with the assistance of her teachers, appealed to the government to support schools with the relevant logistics in the development of the children’s potential.