An update on the African Science Academy and COVID-19
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Ghanaian government’s decision to close all schools, we have safely returned all our students home to their parents/guardians across Africa. We have moved all our teaching and pastoral support online and all our staff are working from home.
We are very pleased to announce that our exam authority, Cambridge International Exams (CiE), has confirmed that our students will still be awarded their “A Level” certificates. We have also secured university scholarships for all of our students to attend universities internationally and across Africa, thanks to the generosity and support of our donors.
In light of COVID-19, we will be unable to welcome a new cohort in August
2020, as planned. However, we have informed all applicants that their
entrance exam results will remain valid for the 2021/22 academic year and
look forward to welcoming more brilliant young African women next year.
We have mitigated the impact of COVID-19 on our current students as much
as possible and would like to thank our staff for all of their hard work during
this difficult time.
We will now enter a transition year as we prepare to come
back bigger and stronger. Our ambition is to reopen the African Science
Academy at double the size in August 2021 – given the huge interest and
number of applications the school now receives.
We will keep you updated on our plans to develop more brilliant young
women to become Africa’s future leaders and change-makers.
SCHOOL CLOSURE AND REMOTE LEARNING
Following directives by the presidency to shut down all educational institutions in a bid to curb the spread of COVID 19, The African Science Academy has officially been closed down and all our students sent to their various homes across Africa safely.
Measures have been put in place to ensure we continue delivering the best education experience in these difficult times. Online teaching tools are being employed by the academic staff to ensure teaching and learning goes on. Secondly, all teachers and students have been provided with internet to facilitate e-learning, the academic team has provided carefully tailored resources to suit the needs of each student . Finally, each student continues to enjoy support and encouragement from the entire ASA team in these difficult times.
Stay safe, observe social distancing and continue to practice all precautionary measures.
COVID-19 CONTROL GUIDELINES – AFRICAN SCIENCE ACADEMY
As a result of the Corona Virus Disease 2019 – COVID 19 pandemic, it has become essential for African Science Academy to put in necessary measures to protect our school community.
These guidelines though not exhaustive are to be observed and will be updated accordingly depending on the situation at hand.
Visits from partners or supporters, especially those from at-risk countries have been put on hold.
Trips and travels by any member of the school have been put on hold until further notice.
Members of the school community are expected to practice safe social distancing
We are reinforcing standard recommendations from the World Health Organisation (WHO) to prevent infection spread.
As such students, staff, contractors and supporters are to strictly adhere to the following:
- Washing of hands should be done frequently
- Avoid handshaking with others
- Avoid touching your face (eyes, nose and mouth)
- Avoid crowded places
- Cover your mouth with a tissue or flexed elbow when coughing. Discard the tissue responsibly and wash your hands immediately after.
- Report and seek medical care early if you experience any fever, cough or difficulty in breathing
- Stay at home if you feel sick.
- Stay informed!
It is important to follow these guidelines to prevent the spread of this disease. Take these steps to protect yourself and protect others.
You can visit https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 for more updates on the disease.