Tullow Ghana Ltd held a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Fair last week to showcase initiatives the company is undertaking to promote the teaching and learning of STEM in Ghana.
A number of organisations implementing STEM projects in partnership with Tullow Ghana Ltd attended and presented their work.
Our Programme Director, James Ayando, Preset Training Manager, Robert Quansah and Project Engineer, Samuel Ekow Addo Mensah attended the event and presented our work, highlighting how Sabre has promoted STEM (Pictured below – Credit to Tullow Ghana Ltd Communication Team).
Tullow Ghana Ltd provided funding for Sabre to build six kindergarten schools and train the teachers employed at these new schools in six fishing communities in the Western Region of Ghana.
As our work provides a quality education for kindergarten children (4 and 5 year olds) it is providing the essential foundation skills for children to succeed in the rest of their education.
Here are just some of the ways in which we have been supporting STEM.
- The Play-Based Pedagogy: The pedagogy teachers are trained to use in the classroom promotes the development of basic STEM skills through a variety of fun and playful but purposeful activities offered children. The pedagogy supports children to explore and experiment with things around them, discover information for themselves and encourages confidence and curiosity, which are essential for STEM education.
- Water Centre: Children play and explore with a variety of items in the water, such as bottles of different sizes, sponges, different shaped containers etc. Children begin to learn the attributes of water, for example that water takes the shape of any container it is poured into. With a sponge, children begin to learn that the sponge is lighter when dry and heavier when wet.
- Nature Walk: Children are taken on walks to find natural things in the environment and talk about them describing colour, shape, texture, etc. They begin to recognise examples of natural things and man-made things.
- Construction Centre: Children practice building houses, bridges, vehicles and other items with the construction blocks. They learn the different shapes of the blocks and think carefully about how to organise them to avoid a collapse of whatever they are building.
- Numeracy (Mathematics) skills are introduced using different learning resources, for example, children are given number cards to count the number of objects to match their number card. Tally Charts are used to teach children about collecting and handling data. Estimating, such as how many of a small container fills a bigger container and then measuring to verify.
- Number Talk: This routine activity involves the teacher helping the children to talk about numbers in fun ways, such as relating their fingers to numbers they hear, saying what they know about the number. Number Talk helps to develop children’s understanding of numbers, lays the foundation for basic number operation skills and prepares children for later manipulation of numbers.
Find out more in this press release HERE.