In partnership with global leader in drone technology, Zipline Technology, the Ministry of Education says plans are underway to integrate drone technology into the Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) curriculum
In a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek, the Minister for Education, Dr. Adutwum said the proposed project seeks to ignite students’ interest, deepen their knowledge, and refine their skills in the field of drone technology.
At a meeting to discuss the integration of drone technology in the STEM curriculum, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said the soon-to-be-introduced initiative is slated to be implemented in seven STEM-focused schools across the country.
These schools the Minister in Charge of Education said have been selected to offer Aviation and Aerospace and will serve as hubs of innovation, fostering an environment conducive to hands-on learning and exploration in drones.
“In addition to enhancing student proficiency in drone technology, Zipline Technology will facilitate the swift and reliable delivery of educational materials such as textbooks and exam papers to schools,” the Minister said in the post.
He added “The Ministry of Education is poised to create a transformative educational experience for students. This endeavour represents a powerful stride towards positioning Ghana at the forefront of technological innovation and proficiency.”
The initiative comes after the Education Minister said the world’s largest drone manufacturer, Zipline Technology 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 of Education, Dr Adutwum told stakeholders at the event.