The Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum says the world’s largest drone manufacturer, Zipline and the Ministry of Defence are set to partner with Afia Kobi Girls Senior High School to manufacture made-in-Ghana drones.
In his address at the Ghana Teacher Prize (GTP), the Education Minister said the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT) has also shown interest in training prospective students after completing their secondary education.
“I am sure most of you have heard about Afia Kobi Ampem Girls Senior High School and the great transformation that is taking place there, I was there just recently to spend time with the students. That was my second time in the school because I had visited them when I learned about their ability to build and fly a drone
I saw for myself things they have invented, and I was amazed how Ghanaian ladies can come together to get an unmanned aircraft flying going one square mile and coming back
Today Zipline has approached the Ministry, University of Mines and Technology and the Ministry of Defense wants to partner the students for a mega project,” the Minister in Charge of Education, Dr Adutwum told stakeholders at the event.
The Member of Parliament for Bosomtwe Constituency furthered that the Ministry of Education (MoE) is going to bring Senior High School (SHS) and University students together, to create more local drones in the country.
In a related development, the Education Minister has said Afia Kobi Ampem Girls Senior High School in Trabuom in the Ashanti Region will be transformed into a Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) school.
“This school is going to be transformed into a STEM school. They are doing some great things in the field of aviation and aerospace as pioneers at this level,” he said after he lauded Afia Kobi Ampem as the first Senior High School in Ghana to develop a miniature aeroplane as part of its engineering endeavours.
Speaking to prospective students of the Afia Kobi during a visit, the Education Minister said 12 selected Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country beginning next academic year will offer specialised courses in aviation and aerospace.
The aviation and aerospace courses, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum told the female school students would not be offered merely as extracurricular activities, but rather as a formal academic program integrated into the curriculum.
“Next year, there are about 12 Senior High Schools (SHSs) that will be offering aviation and aerospace courses, and, in their case, it is not going to be a club but an academic programme,” the Minister for Education said.