As part of the initiatives of Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) sponsored by the Korea government in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) , the maiden edition of a three days intensive practical workshop has been held for science and mathematics teachers in New Juaben South Municipality of the Eastern region.

The three days workshop commenced on Wednesday 17th April , 2024 aimed at equipping science and maths teachers with best teaching practices geared towards improving teaching and learning in the municipality.

The workshop was also to harness and equip the teachers with the handling of topic based Teaching Learning Resources (TLRs) , adopting practical methods in lesson delivery , lesson preparation, activity-based and learner centered approaches as well as inclusivity and gender equality.

Each section of the workshop was centered on activities such as group work using appropriate TLRs on various maths and science topics, lesson presentation by individual teachers by exploring various methodologies as well as assessment of methodologies used on topics for corrections and improvement.

Teachers were taken through series of aptitude tests on various discussed topics in science and maths respectively at the opening and closing sections of the workshop for onwards assessment.

The three days workshop was however facilitated by Mrs. Olivia Serwaa Opare Director Science Education Unit of the GES, Mustapha Haruna Appiah Municipal Director of Education New Juaben South, Hajia Rukaya Issah Focal Person for KOICA, Madam Louisa Amanor STEM Coordinator New Juaben South and other Regional maths and science Coordinators.

In a short address delivered by Mrs. Olivia Serwaa Opare Director Science Education Unit of the GES , she noted that equipping teachers with the needed skills and content knowledge on various topics in science and maths and when translated in the classroom will help improve students performance on the two perceived difficult subjects by many students in the municipality.

Mrs. Olivia Serwaa Opare further indicated that “modernizing our methods of teaching science and mathematics in line with international best practices is a course to pursue as a nation to make the vision of STEM education a reality in Ghana”.

The Focal Person for KOICA Hajia Rukaya Issah on her part expressed optimism that the KOICA initiative since its inception in the municipality has helped improve students performance especially the girl child in science and mathematics according to data.

Finally, she emphasized that the workshop and subsequent KOICA programs will augment to fully achieve the objectives of the KOICA initiative.

Credit: Ansah Stephen