This project will fund excursions for two local schools. 73 female students and 47 male students who are members of boys and girls clubs which are based on the premise of gender equality and female empowerment will participate in this Academic Exposure Excursion. The event will happen on different dates to allow the Project Team manage the number of students per trip. The aim of this project is to provide an opportunity for students to gain exposure to higher education opportunities while simultaneously giving them a chance to learn about their Ghanaian history through visiting the historic city of Kumasi. The students will travel from their communities to visit Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST). During the 3 hour visit, they will go on a campus tour, partake in science experiments, and attend a presentation on the different programs and career paths offered at KNUST. The goal of this visit is to inspire students to attend a four year university and specifically empower female students to pursue careers in science, which is a traditionally male profession. After visiting KNUST, the students will have the opportunity to visit some key historic sites in Ghana which include the Manhyia palace, the Cultural Center and the Okomfo Aknokye Sword.
The teaching staff brought to my attention that many of these students have never left their communities. They suggested that we plan an excursion to visit the KNUST so that their students will have the opportunity to get exposed to higher education and wide range of career paths. They feel that it is especially important for their female students to learn about increased educational opportunities along with non-traditional career paths. The teachers also believe that their students exposure to historical sites in Ghana is extremely important. The sites which they selected have been covered in their history curriculum. However, most of these students have never had the chance to visit a museum and experience history with their own eyes. The teachers have worked with the district education office to seek approval of the excursion, coordinated transportation, called the historic sites and arranged for food sellers within the community to prepare food for the students. Additionally, the teachers have informed the students’ parents of this opportunity.
This excursion will help foster a relationship between Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and the teachers at the primary schools. A partnership between these schools will lead to future opportunities for students to learn about University and receive guidance on the application process. Teachers will gain experience in planning and executing enriching educational excursions for their students, and the students will pass on the knowledge they have gained from this experience history to their friends, families and younger generations.