25 finalist teams selected for the Ghana Science & Tech Explorer Prize (GSTEP) Challenge were inducted into the program on the 27th of September 2022, at the Anglican Senior High School, Kumasi. The finalist teams are part of 50 teams whose ideas were selected from 844 entries submitted to the Challenge. The teams comprised of 4-6 team members, coming from public and private schools in the Ashanti region.
Giving an introductory speech and a summary of the GSTEP challenge progress to date, Ms. Constance Agyemang, Director of International Development at Challenge Works-UK, expressed her enthusiasm for the next phase of the Challenge. She stated that the goal is to ensure that the youth are given the needed support to identify and develop opportunities in STEM and entrepreneurship.
Rev. Mrs. Agnes Gaisie, Assistant Headmistress of Mankraso SHS, in her speech spoke about the benefits of STEM education in our world today. She emphasized the need to switch from a theory based education to a practical one and that once this is achieved, a lot of progress would be witnessed not only in our communities and country, but the world at large.
In an address to the finalists, Mr. Siddhartha Jha, Al and Digital Innovation Manager of Fondation Botnar, stated that the programme is intended to prepare the leaders of tomorrow who can address societal challenges effectively by putting technology and critical problem solving to good use.