UK charities launch project to groom basic school children into future scientists

UK science education charities Ignight and Lightyear foundation will on Wednesday launch the Lab_13 Ghana project, aimed at grooming basic school children into practically trained future scientists. The Lab_13 Ghana is a space dedicated to scientific education and practically based learning, managed by students and run by students.

The launch of Lab_13 will be held at the host school, Agape Academy at Jachie in the Bosomtwe district of the Ashanti region on Wednesday.

Lab_13 Ghana is the first of its kind outside the UK, and only the fourth in the world. Based on the UK teaching model, students will be put in charge of the own practical based science education, with a Scientist in Residence acting as their guide.

The Lab will provide hands-on learning opportunities to students from upper Primary, and J.H.S 1 and 2 from a number of schools in the district. Students will ask the question, design the activities, and find answers through their own experimentation. The management of the space will be led by a Student Management Committee of seven students from the Lab_13 host school, Agape Academy, who are excited by the project.

Sylvester Kwakye, aged 14, student management committee member said: “Lab_13 is here to satisfy your scientific curiosity.”

Angela Sinabis, aged 13, also on the committee said “Lab_13 is great, it lets me know things about the world.”

Sylvester and Angela, are joined by Amponi Francis, aged 16, Asaah Wirekoh Obed aged 13, Boatang Williams aged 14 and Abdul Edward Seidu aged 13.

The project has been endorsed by the Ghana National Association for Private Schools. Bosomtwe District chairman of the Association says the importance of practical science education cannot be lost on Ghanaians. “Ghana is developing, we need a lot of scientists, they will develop Ghana. If they have the know-how and the understanding of science, they can solve their own problems. The trends we are moving to, if you are not educated you will be left behind, you will be left behind,” he said.

The pilot project will be inviting all private schools in the district to participate, with the hope of rolling it out to all schools with the district and beyond in future.

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