Government policies aim to improve opportunities for all young people, especially girls, to study science subjects and take up STEMrelated careers.The challenge is for ways to address the need for more laboratories, equipment and materials to support teachers and schools to effect this and enable learners to engage with practical science.
OpenSTEM Africa: Ghana supports the effective teaching and learning of practical science in Senior High Schools in Ghana by:
Drawing on the OU’s pioneering OpenScience Laboratory technology, the OpenSTEM Africa Virtual Lab provides a set of curriculum-relevant, on-screen, practical science apps for multiple use in multiple experiments in multiple lessons. Each is based on real science data and produces real scientific outputs which can be analysed and used to develop students’ and teachers’ skills in practical science.
Working with the Centre for Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDLOS), from the Ministry of Education, Ghana, key practical science apps have been mapped to the Ghanaian curriculum and are being co-developed to provide up to 100 interactive online virtual experiments for up to 148 Senior High Schools in Ghana. The science apps will benefit up to 148 schools with the local iBox server and up to 1.2 million SHS students and staff via the Internet.