The Minister of Education in Ghana, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, has revealed plans to introduce aviation and aerospace courses in 12 senior high schools starting from the next academic year.
The initiative is aimed at promoting Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education in the country, in order to equip Ghanaian students with the skills necessary to compete in the fourth industrial revolution.
Dr. Adutwum made the announcement during a visit to Afia Kobi Ampem Girls Senior High School, which is recognized as the first high school in Ghana to have successfully developed a miniature airplane as part of their engineering projects.
The Minister commended the girls for their efforts and used the opportunity to motivate and encourage them to continue working hard in the field of engineering, while also preparing themselves for further education opportunities abroad.
Next year, there are about 12 schools that will be offering aviation and aerospace courses and in their case it is not going to be a club but an academic programme,” he stressed
By providing opportunities for students to learn about aviation and aerospace, the Ministry hopes to inspire and nurture their interest in these fields from a young age.
This will enable them to pursue career paths in aviation, aerospace, or related industries, thereby contributing to the development of the nation in various spheres.
The introduction of aviation and aerospace courses in schools will broaden the horizons of students and expose them to new possibilities in the STEM fields. It will also help address the gender imbalance in these sectors by providing more opportunities for girls to pursue careers traditionally dominated by men.
With the establishment of STEM schools and the inclusion of aviation and aerospace courses, the Ministry of Education aims to create a future workforce equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to contribute to the nation’s development.
This initiative reflects the government’s commitment to promoting STEM education and empowering girls to pursue science-related careers.