The Young Scientist Programme
The phrase “catch them young and they shall be yours forever” appear to be an old cliché haven been used in its different forms to explain many situations. Though the origin of this important phrase appears unknown, perhaps it takes its roots from the good book, the Holy Bible which admonishes us to bring up the child in a way he/she should go and when he/she grows he/she will not depart from it (Proverbs 23:13). It is against this background that WHRO is introducing the YOUNG SCIENTISTS programme to help inculcate the desire to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the youth.
The main aim of the Young Scientists Programme is to help empower and build the capacity of upcoming future generation in the field of STEM with the hope of creating a community of youth enthusiastic about STEM and its application in real life. By introducing the youth to experiential learning through field-based activities, WHRO hopes to empower the youth with analytical, critical thinking and science-based decision-making skills which will help contribute to the future development of the country.
By improving science literacy in the youth, the program will also help develop essential skills such as communication, public speaking and teamwork among the youth which will contribute to their success in future.
The Young Scientists programme was launched on the 8th June 2022 to coincide with the World’s Ocean Day celebration. The programme was held at Prampram Senior High school during which the a team from WHRO, Department of Marine and Fisheries Sciences and Fisheries Commission interacted with students about the environment in general with focus on the Ocean. Topics like Benefits of the ocean, pollutions and Oil and Gas were discussed. To promote sanitation among the students, WHRO donated dustbins and assorted trees to the school.
WHRO intends to keep this momentum by replicating such programmes in all the schools along the coast of Ghana.