DreamOval Foundation and Ministry of Education sign Memorandum of Understanding to promote STEM and hands-on learning in 2 regions

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The DreamOval Foundation has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Education for the development and promotion of hands-on STEM learning and teaching in two regions, Greater Accra and Ashanti.

This will be under a scheme called the Ghana Science and Tech Explorer Prize (GSTEP).

The program aims to achieve the ambitious goal of impacting the lives of these young people over three years, in order to maximize their socio-economic development, prospects and future opportunities.

With a goal of 20,000 junior high school students (JHS), GSTEP seeks to support the development of products and entrepreneurial skills to solve community challenges.

The GSTEP program consists of a series of competitions with challenge prizes, where students will be encouraged to develop new business ideas as a team, with the support of schools and teachers. GSTEP will also provide training, coaching, mentorship and resources to support students.

In doing so, the program aims to strengthen interest in STEM and ICT subjects, as well as support the development of key business and entrepreneurial skills (such as critical thinking and presentation skills).

Africa is experiencing a boom in the ICT space, with Ghana acting as a hub in the digital business process outsourcing (BPO) sector in particular.

As these industries grow, there will be a strong demand for professionals who can “blend digital and STEM skills with traditional subject matter expertise.”

There is also a need for stronger business and entrepreneurial skills; as revealed by the World Economic Forum, fully harnessing the benefits of ICT-intensive jobs would require “empowering Africans with the skills to design and develop home-grown solutions rather than simply serving the less-skilled segment of the global digital market.

DreamOval Foundation and Ministry of Education sign Memorandum of Understanding to promote STEM and hands-on learning in 2 regions

The GSTEP, with the support of the Ministry of Education, aims to place a strong emphasis on harnessing technology for social good and to encourage participating students to see themselves as leaders and agents of change in their local communities.

Students from the aforementioned regions will compete to produce technological and scientific solutions, aimed at solving key problems within their community through a challenge prize structure.

This competition will take a staged approach, where an initial cohort of finalist teams will receive mentorship and support.

In the final round, cash prizes will be awarded to the schools of the winning teams.

DreamOval Foundation and Ministry of Education sign Memorandum of Understanding to promote STEM and hands-on learning in 2 regions

The Ghana Science and Tech Explorer Prize is managed by a consortium led by the DreamOval Foundation.

Other organizations are UK-based Nesta, MEST Africa, Foundervine and Dext Technology. These organizations are working together to support the initiative.

DreamOval Foundation and Ministry of Education sign Memorandum of Understanding to promote STEM and hands-on learning in 2 regions

GSTEP is funded by the Botnar Foundation, a Switzerland-based organization that champions the potential of AI and digital technology to improve the well-being of young people in growing cities around the world.

The program is also supported by some key institutions in Ghana and hopes to advance the practical learning course in both regions.

These institutions include Fidelity Bank, Stanbic Bank, Multimedia Group and Graphic Communications Group.


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