Accra, July 13, GNA - Happy Kids School has commissioned its ultramodern science laboratory to improve the teaching and learning of science.
The science laboratory is furnished with the state-of-the-art equipment including thermometer, first aid kit, safety floor, chemicals, conical flask, G-clamp, bean balance, students’ microscope, among others to be used in the next academic term.
Students from primary four to the Junior High School level will have the opportunity to use the laboratory during science practical lessons.
The school also transformed its new multipurpose activities centre and art centre to make teaching and learning practical for the student by learning through play and being creative and critical thinkers.
Ms Jemima Nartey, the Chief Executive Officer, Happy Kids School said the transformational centre was part of the 25th anniversary of the School.
She said the School as part of its strategic plan built a Montessori school in Dawhenya, on the Aflao-Sogakope road.
Ms Nartey said the School would soon open a language centre and a library in all the classrooms to enhance effective teaching and learning.
“Prior to the celebration, we asked ourselves after 25 years, what next? At the 20th year anniversary, we decided there is a need to expand and move out of Accra, hence the need to build another school in Dowenyah,” she added.
The Chief Executive Officer said the School in its preparation to expand, started looking out for ways and means to get itself into the real understanding and process of transforming a school.
“As a result, we got to know about the Stanford University and Stanford seed programme. We registered and it has been a whole game changer. Through the programme, we began to understand what it is to run business, how to get it done properly, how to engage your customers into what you do”.
She explained that the Seed Programme was a management and leadership training programme for established business leaders in West Africa to develop the skills, tools, and mind-set to grow and scale their businesses.
Ms Nartey said any time she travelled outside the country, she try to visit a school and come up with ideas, learn what they do, see how far they can go and all the big things around it.
“I visited a school in Dallas in the US, and when I came back, I put my team together to learn from best practices and inculcate those ideas in our school for greater impact.”
She said learning from the Stanford Seed programme had transformed the fortunes of the School to deliver a practical-based curriculum for its students, adding that two parents were part of the discussions in the Seed Programme.
According to her, education was not just about teaching and learning, but more of helping the student to become a better person to transform himself, the community and the world at large.
“You cannot be teaching children without letting them know what the Sustainable Development Goals is about. You cannot be teaching children without letting them communicate with the world out there”.
She said parents played a vital role in the development of a student and urged them to be part of the transformational system because the School have decided to start having a monthly programme with parents for them to understand what they taught the children.
She advised parents to closely monitor their children’s social activities and not just rely on school teachers to discipline them.
Mrs Rebecca Tetteh, Accra Metro Coordinator, Science, Technology, Mathematics, Innovation and Education said government introduced the initiative as a means of bridging the gap that had existed in the field of science and technology and to demystify the notion that science was a difficult subject and the preserve of only a few gifted people.
She advised parents to guide their children to develop their potentials and make it a habit to know their children’s friends, their hangouts, their activities and what they looked for on the Internet.
The School had a career session, where past students interacted and advice the students to learn hard, be disciplined and follow their passion to succeed in life.
Mr Charles Opoku Agyemang, a past student and a Software Engineer, thanked the management of the School for his achievements and urged parents to stop the habit of choosing career paths for their children, as this made the children abandon their innate potentials.
He appealed to parents to guide and allow them choose a career path based on their innate potentials, adding that this was to enable them avoid the wrong professions that they did not find joy in.