AITI-KACE Celebrated for its Mentorship Role in Innovation
The Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) has been commended for its leading role in mentoring start-up technology companies in Ghana to ensure effective innovation in solving the challenges of the country.
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) showered the praises on AITI-KACE when the Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, Mr. Kwasi Adu-Gyan led a delegation together with Founders of Dext Technologies, to present an African Union Award they won in Senegal as the Best Innovative Education Solution in Africa.
Dext Technologies is a Ghanaian start-up technology company under the mentorship of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT, producers of the Science Set, which is portable, syllabus compliant, scalable science laboratory designed to enable students to carry out experiment in the classroom or anywhere without having to go to the traditional laboratory.
Professor Frimpong Boateng called on other agencies to emulate to role of AITI-KACE to ensure that science, technology and innovation thrives to make Ghana developed rapidly, saying that no nation would thrive without putting innovation and ideas into practice, thus the need to train students to be innovative.
He therefore tasked Science teachers to design experiments that students can perform to transform theoretical Science studies into practical life, which according to him, would make students become more innovative and problem solvers upon leaving school.
“Students should at least be able to estimate time, distance, volume, height, among other things, that would aid in tackling the daily problems of citizens.” The Minister added.
The Minister said Ghana was ranked the 41st in terms of population but was the 147th when it came to Human Resource Development, which measures Education, Income and Life Expectancy, among others.
He commended Charles Ofori Antipem and Michael Asante-Afrifa, the founders Dext Technologies for not only raising the name of Ghana high but also being innovative with the coming out with the science set which would enhance teaching and learning of STEM, which had always seen to be theoretical, as the components would guide students.
Professor Frimpong Boateng emphatically stated that with such innovations, Ghana is set to change for the better, and therefore urged Ghanaians, especially alumni bodies to help resource their alma-mater, with the Science Set to complement the Government’s efforts in giving free education to students.
He said, making students innovative would help in job creation after school and it would lay the foundation for national socio-economic growth, since it would also help nurture engineers, among other relevant professionals, who were in high demand by companies to stop the situation of recruiting them from outside the country.