Accra, Ghana – Volunteers from ATC Ghana arrived at the Rangoon Camp Junior High School (JHS) for their 2nd Mini CSR initiative for 2016 on 23rd September. This was a special occasion as this is ATC Ghana’s 5th Anniversary and employees generously made voluntary cash donation which was used to purchase story books for the school in addition to the Company’s contributions of science equipment’s and learning materials.
ATC Ghana presented the donation, in collaboration with The Exploratory, a Ghana-based NGO that aims to make science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, also known as STEM, more relevant, joyful, collaborative and equitable to girls. By this collaborative effort, both organizations anticipate that the students at Rangoon Camp JHS will experience their science lessons in a completely new way this school year and beyond.
Mr. Alfred Odamey, Head teacher of Rangoon Camp JHS welcomed the volunteers from ATC Ghana and expressed delight about the program. Mrs Sheila Adjin-Tettey ATC Ghana’s Project Manager for this CSR programme formally introduced the students to ATC’s business and encouraged them to study hard and actively participate in the activities for the day.
Volunteers took the students through reading and communication skills clinic, presentation of information using Microsoft PowerPoint and a discussion on social media and its effects on education.
“We are happy to complement the exciting and commendable work of The Exploratory by giving students and teachers the learning materials and resources to engage students with STEM in a practical way,” said Letitia Asiedu-Attafuah, Head of Human Resources at ATC Ghana. “ATC takes great pride in our various philanthropic initiatives which are led by our valued employees and this demonstrates our commitment to sustainable initiatives in all our communities”.
The Rangoon Camp Schools is a government school situated amongst the well-resourced private schools in the Cantonment area.
This August, four teachers from the Rangoon Camp JHS and Primary Schools joined over 50 teachers from schools in Accra, Pokuase, Nsawam and Berekuso, where The Exploratory’s clubs are held, on a 3-day training.
“I learnt about electronics, about building anatomical models of the body with simple materials, and how to support the girl-child in learning”, said Mrs. Diana Tetteh, a science teacher at the Rangoon Camp JHS. “It was fun and educative. That’s the spirit that I now want to bring to my students”.
ATC’s global philanthropic signature program, introduced in 2011, focuses on sponsoring initiatives that improve education through technology. Around the globe, ATC employees are leading projects dedicated to furthering this initiative through partnerships with local schools and organizations.
“We already have a relationship with the ATC Ghana, where our students visited their offices for a career day in July 2015,” said Mr. Odamey. “The Exploratory brings expertise and inspiration to our teachers and students. We look forward to this partnership developing and to creating a well-resourced STEM lab, so even more students can benefit”.
“Together, we can nurture the scientists, engineers and technologists of tomorrow that are necessary for Ghana’s development”, Mr. Odamey continued.
About The Exploratory
The Exploratory is an NGO based in Ghana, with a support team in the United States. The mission of The Exploratory disrupts rote learning by making science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) more relevant, joyful, collaborative, and equitable. The organization provides teacher training, provides learning resources and facilitates clubs, field trips and role model visits for students to promote practical learning and gender equity. In the 2016-2017 school year, The Exploratory will inspire over 600 students in 13 schools, in Accra, Berekuso, Pokuase and Nsawam, through 60 teachers in upper primary and JHS.
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