Deputy Minister of Finance, Mr John Ampontuah Kuma, has made a remarkable donation of GH¢100,000.00 to the Engineering Club of the Afia Kobi Senior High School in Trabuom, Atwima Kwanwoma District. The donation aims to support the club in its engineering projects, including the recent creation of an aircraft.
The Deputy Minister is also set to build an ultramodern ICT center for the school to serve as a special place for the engineering club to continue their good work. He explained that the gesture was intended to encourage the students and staff to produce innovative crafts that would help solve societal problems.
Mr Kuma emphasized the government’s commitment to supporting science, mathematics, and engineering education to prepare Ghanaian children adequately to face the challenges of the 21st century. He pledged to work together with the club to secure funding from both local and international sources to ensure the success of the project.
The Headmistress of the school, Madam Silvia Newton, expressed gratitude to the Deputy Minister for the recognition and stated that the donation would help procure materials for other innovative crafts. She called on other individuals and organizations to support the school to continue with its innovative projects.
The Lead Engineer of the club, Mr Ferdinand Sam, expressed optimism about the club’s potential to manufacture and commercialize its various crafts. He disclosed that the club had already created a blueprint for a watercraft that could detect minerals and missing persons in deep rivers. He added that the club was prepared to build man-craft for the country’s security agencies, such as the police, military, the fire service, and the navy.
In April 2023, the engineering club of Afia Kobi Girls Senior High School successfully designed and flew a jet aircraft as part of its project work. The project caught the attention of many Ghanaians, with people calling on the government and other stakeholders in education to support the school to do more of such innovations.
For the most part, the donation from the Deputy Minister is a significant boost to the school’s engineering club, providing the necessary resources to continue producing innovative solutions. It is a step towards the realization of the government’s commitment to supporting science, mathematics, and engineering education in the country. The project also highlights the potential of Ghanaian students to innovate and develop practical solutions to societal problems.