It is said that “the greatest gift you can give someone is your time”, because when you give your time, you are giving a portion of your life that you will never get back and that is what Marcin and Ian gave ASA; we can never repay them. Marcin from St. Paul’s Girls School spent two weeks with us and Ian from the National College for Digital Skills: ADA, spent a week at ASA, both giving up their own Easter holidays to come to Ghana and support ASA.
We must say it was a very intense and fruitful time together. Students received a different perspective of teaching and learning as these two teachers originate from different backgrounds. They shared their expertise with students, answering endless questions and helping students out with different approach to Physics and Mathematics. Indeed this is what great teachers do everyday. You opened up your hearts and provided guidance, knowledge, enthusiasm and expertise.
Marcin kicked off his first day at the school with a game based learning, encouraging interaction and teamwork, and lets not forget his amazing sense of humour. During his introduction he said he is originally from eastern Europe and asked the students to guess which country. He said “I am equally not good at geography. I find it hard to tell east and west and I’m old, but you girls are young so you should know this stuff.”
Marcin worked closely with Sir Chris the Physic teacher, sharing ideas about the mode of teaching, comparing Ghana and England and how to blend these varying modes to make the girls more productive.
Ian joined the following week also kicking off with out-of-classroom activities on polar coordinates. Focusing greatly on student perspective; this increased the student-teacher feedback both verbally and non verbally. He often made this statement to the students and I quote “there is no royal road to geometry” . This was to reiterate what their teachers have been telling them to always have, confidence in their mathematics solutions as there are different approaches of solving a problem correctly.
Ian cooperated very well with the host Maths teacher, Miss Levina Ansong to assist the students to solve their most challenging questions in Pure Maths and Further Maths individually. They guided the students by asking them leading questions.
This is what great teachers do. Marcin and Ian ASA students and staff are very grateful for your time spent with us. We wish we could keep you here in Ghana knowing very well that you both would have loved to stay longer but you can’t. Thanks for visiting us, we would love to see you back here soon.
Thanks for visiting us, we would love to see you back here soon.
Last Saturday 18th March 2017, we had to say goodbye to our dear Anisah, who came to us as a Progression Mentor for 3 months. Amongst many things, Anisah was the main organiser of our first ever ASA sports day, the lead for the ASA dance club and a key contributor to the successful launch and student recruitment. Our student, Ophelia Tornyedzi, reflects on Anisah’s time with us:
‘They say one does not just leave without saying goodbye and it was a heartfelt moment for us at ASA last Friday when Anisah Nsugbe said her goodbye to us.
We came together as one big family to put up something little to cheer us up and to show our appreciation to Anisah for being a mentor, a friend and a sister. We enjoyed every bit of the time we spent with her; the sports sessions and not forgetting her dance lessons. We just couldn’t turn a blind eye to her hard work, her enthusiasm and dedication.
It’s good to know she’s back to her dance classes, but of course we will miss her. The memories shared would stay close to our hearts. We wish her all the best!!!’
To mark international women’s day our ASA students took part in two events. Below Edith Osei and Mercy Serwaa reflect on the day:
‘On the 8th of March 2017, a day which is celebrated worldwide as the International Women’s Day, 12 students from ASA were invited to grace the occasion of women’s day organized by the African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF).This opportunity got ASA students to meet renowned feminists from Ghana and beyond. Some of which included Prof. Mercy Oduyoye (Retired Theologian), Dr. Angela Dwamena Aboagye (Lawyer and founder of the Ark Foundation), Ms. Roslyn Mould ( President, Humanist Association of Ghana), Ms. Kauthar Khamis (Asst. Lecturer, Islamic University) and Nana Akosua Hanson (Feminist writer, Actress and Radio presenter), who were panelists and moderator respectively for the theme for discussion “Faith, Feminisms and Fundamentalisms”. They talked about fundamentalism being a form of religion that upholds beliefs in the strict and literal interpretation of scripture mostly in Christianity and Islam. We also learnt from Prof. Mercy that Jesus loved feminists because his mother taught him to. He firstly revealed himself to a woman and he brought women out of the kitchen (story of Mary and Martha). ASA girls had a great evening getting to tell people about the school and to know more about AWDF and other people who were present. On our way back to school after the event, we had our own discussion. Listening to each student it became clear that attending the event had been very helpful, interesting and we had really learnt something new.’ – Edith Osei
‘World women’s day celebration at the Australian high commissioner’s residence was very interesting and educative. Being invited to the program was an honour to the ASA students who attended. Four of our prefects were the selected ones to attend the program; the head girl, academic prefect, publicity prefect and me, prefect for media & communications.
We arrived early and from the way preparations were going, we anticipated a successful program. Time managed to pass by and we were thrilled to meet the other invited guests. We met students from various high schools and tertiary institutions in Ghana. Renowned women of great influence were present to share their knowledge.
The discussion session that spanned the major part of the program was unforgettable. Each table had a mentor, women of experience and knowledge who led the discussions on topics of interest. The mentors included the Electoral Commissioner of Ghana, Deputy Minister of Aviation in Ghana, Regional Representative for Camfed West Africa and a whole lot of inspiring personalities. We just could not expect more from the program.
We say big ups to the Australian, British and Canadian high commissioners for putting together such a memorable program. ‘ – Mercy Serwaa
We were excited to officially open the doors of Africa’s first all-girls science academy, on Friday 3rd February 2017. This is when we held our official launch ceremony on our school campus. Our Chairman and Founder, Dr. Tom Ilube gave the keynote speech, followed by a speeches by the Minister designate for Information, Honourable Mustapha Abdul-Hamid; His Excellency Jon Benjamin, British High Commissioner to Ghana and Lucy Quist, CEO at Airtel Ghana. All of the speakers mentioned the importance of educating girls and the positive impact they can have on Africa and the world. Our first cohort of 24 students had the opportunity to introduce themselves to the world and in between the programme they surprised us with exciting dance, music and poetic performances. However, the highlight of the event for many was the dance off between Lucy Quist and Tom Ilube, with opinions still split on the true winner.
ASA is inspiring girls to become the next generation of STEM leaders and the official launch was a celebration of its accomplishments so far and an opportunity to thank some of our supporters and donors.
On the day of the launch we also sold our special ASA note
books, in order to raise money for the African Science Academy Community Service Fund. We are excited to announce that we were able to raise GHC1,895. All of this money will be used for Community Service Projects run by our girls.
Founder and Chairman of ASA, Dr Tom Ilube, says: “To create and launch Africa’s first ever all girls science academy is my proudest achievement. I can see the impact that science and technology can have and so I was inspired to explore how I could help drive Africa’s development by inspiring and unleashing the next generation of scientists and engineers. At the official launch, our students will send a message to the world that African women are more than capable of taking their place alongside anyone, anywhere, in the world of science.”
On 15th December 2016 the first student leadership body of the African Science Academy was elected with Ibukunoluwa Aribilola, from Nigeria, coming out as the head girl. The body of prefects is made up of 6 girls who will be serving under various roles for the 2017 academic year.
They were first selected through nominations, after which they went through a vetting process with the ASA staff. The shortlisted nominees presented their manifestos to the rest of the student body and were asked questions on their ideas and suggestions for the school. After the manifestos were presented and questions answered, an election was held before students were appointed to the various positions. An induction service was organized on Sunday 15th January, where prefects officially took on their posts and were given badges as recognition. .
At African Science Academy, students do not only strive for academic excellence. As part of our young leaders program our newly elected prefects went through a rigorous selection process and have now been given many responsibilities. Students and staff at ASA look forward to working with the new student body – the first ever Prefects of ASA.