Mr Thierry Zomahoun, President and Chief Executive Officer, African Institute of Mathematics and Sciences (AIMS), has said Mathematics and Science are the missing link in Ghana’s economic development.
He said Ghana must, therefore, prioritise the role of Mathematics and Science in its developmental efforts if it was serious about attaining real progress for the betterment of its citizens.
Mr Zomahoun, who speaking at AIMS partnership and event launch, in Accra, said Ghana and other African countries were facing the biggest challenges due to the shortage of people with skills in Mathematics and Science.
He said a new economy was taking shape globally and Africa needed to master those subjects to be able to also grow their economies.
“Africa is home to the youngest population in the world and in the next few years, our continent will be the second largest in terms of population,” he said.
“As leaders, we must take action now to empower our young people and position them to lead thinking, innovation and breakthroughs in technology to transform our continent economically.”
Mr Zomahoun said it was for this reason that AIMS was partnering the Government and development organisations to build 15 knowledge ecosystems across the continent by 2030.
They were also partnering the Canadian and British Governments and the Master Card Foundation to build a knowledge ecosystem at Saltpond in the Central Region.
The centre would serve as the training, research and capacity building platform for empowering the talented young people to lead the efforts in Ghana’s transformational agenda.
He, therefore, encouraged the private sector to join them in this journey to build the capacity and shape the minds that would shape the future of the continent.
Professor Kwesi Yankah, the Minister of State for Tertiary Education, lauded AIMS Ghana for leading the efforts to transform the continent.
He said AIMS’ initiative would stimulate the demand for Science and Technology and leverage technology to popularise the teaching and learning of Mathematics.
Prof Yankah said the President had declared education a major priority and it was also working to raise the quality of education at the basic level with much emphasis on Mathematics and Science, hence it appreciated and supported AIMS’ initiative.
Ms Ethel Cofie, the Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Edel Technology Consulting, in a panel discussion on the topic: “Is a Mathematical Science the missing piece in our development?”, noted the critical role those subjects played in technological advancement and economic development of nations.
She said it was important for teachers and lecturers to change the approach of teaching Mathematics and Science and do well to generate the interest in students.
This, she said, was important because it had been one of the reasons students preferred other courses.