WACCBIP Outreach Programme to West African Senior High School
The third Senior High School outreach programme was successfully organized by the first cohort of the WACCBIP-DELTAS Graduate Interns. This outreach event took place at West African Senior High School in the Adenta Municipal Assembly of the Greater Accra Region, on July 14, 2017.
Like the other two outreach programmes, the main purpose of this outreach was to increase general awareness about the activities, programmes and facilities at WACCBIP to both students and faculty of the West African Senior High School. Additionally, to motivate and inspire students especially females to enjoy, understand and pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics by connecting them with outstanding role models and mentors from WACCBIP.
The programme attracted over six hundred (600) students from the General Science, Agriculture and Home Economics classes. Also in attendance were six (6) teachers and some students from the General Arts Department who were curious and interested in the programme.
Welcoming and introducing the WACCBIP team to the students, Mr. David Addo, the Head of Science department at the high school, appreciated WACCBIP for choosing the West African Senior High School to host such an educative outreach. He also encouraged the students to fully engage in the activities of the team with enthusiasm and hoped that WACCBIP will continually host outreach programmes in the school.
The programme then began with presentations by the Graduate Interns on the relevance of science education and opportunities available, the activities and research facilities at WACCBIP, and the fundamental steps to follow in applying to the University.
The presentations were followed by a hands–on practical sessions on microscopy where students were given the opportunity to analyze and discuss the diagnosis of malaria infection by detecting specific malaria antigen in a person’s blood.
Students going through hands–on practical session on microscopy
Mr. Edison Osei-Dwamena, the Headmaster of the school, stated that he was grateful to the WACCBIP team for the significant knowledge and expertise imparted to keep students educated on science and requested for the opportunity for some of his student to visit the Centre.