The Minister of Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum has commended the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) for its immense contribution to STEAM education in Ghana. He applauded the University for supporting the President’s and the Ministry’s vision of making STEAM education effective. To him the government is creating an enabling environment by building STEAM Senior High Schools and Universities to empower and equip more Ghanaian students to be STEAM professionals and encouraged that Ghanaian students should take STEAM education seriously.
Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum said this when he graced the STEAM festival of UENR on October 7, 2022 at the Sunyani Campus. The Festival, which is celebrated annually, also formed part of the activities to mark the 10th Anniversary of the University. The STEAM festival which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics was under the theme: “10 years of Dedication to Science, Technology and Arts Education for Sustainable Development”. He further charged students to be bold and challenge the status quo and work harder to acquire the needed skills that will help the country’s growth and development. He expressed that education is the key to development and sustainability and our success lies in our hands.
Dr. Adutwum affirmed the importance of STEAM education to Ghana’s development and offered participants the opportunity to see, learn and exhibit new innovations and thanked UENR for organising the festival annually and called on other universities to replicate UENR’s example.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Energy and Natural Resources, Prof. Elvis Asare-Bediako said, UENR has shown leadership and will continue to organize the STEAM festival to motivate students to consider pursuing any STEAM program in the university. To him, UENR for the past 6 years has been hosting students at the pre-tertiary level in a festival to help cultivate a positive environment that inspires students to pursue STEAM-related careers in higher education institutions of learning to compliment the government’s intervention to promote the study of Science, Technology, Engineering Arts, and Mathematics (STEM) in Ghana.
Over 1000 students drawn from the Basic and Senior High Schools participated in this year’s STEAM. The students were engaged in hands-on experiments with gadgets ranging from robots, drones, mobile phone applications, etc.