A Deputy Minister Designate for Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, has reiterated the government’s commitment to invest in the learning of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematic (STEM), Robotics, and Artificial Intelligence Mechatronics.
He explained that this was critical because those were the skills required by any nation determined to be a major player in the fourth industrial revolution era.
Rev. Fordjour said this at the first Lego League Robotic Competition organised by the Ministry of Education in collaboration with Coderina EdTech at University of Ghana, Legon.
“It is in this era that children develop critical thinking, become creative, ask questions and are able to do a lot of things on their own with little interference,” he said.
Students from various regions, comprising 25 senior high schools (SHSs) and 15 basic schools, aged 5-17 were selected to participate.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin South, commended the 35 participating schools that keenly and smartly participated in the national competition.
“I am thrilled by the enthusiasm of the young teams to embrace STEM. Indeed the future is promising for Ghanaian children. We shall deepen collaboration with partners to promote STEM, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence, Mechatronics, the Internet and other disciplines critical for learning in this era,” he said.
The MP used the opportunity to advise the students to take their studies seriously and not to desire for quick money at the detriment of their future.
He said the skills and knowledge acquired in school would equip and pave the way for their growth and development, adding that “in this modern times, what you need is knowledge to safeguard your future”.
Rev. Fordjour urged the students to buy into the Green Ghana initiative by growing trees in their areas.