Vienna, W.Va.—Dr. Stephen Opoku-Duah from Ohio Valley University has been awarded a fellowship by the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program to travel to Ghana to help develop a secondary-science education curriculum along with Dr. A.B.C. Dadson, Ag. President of Knutsford University College in Accra, Ghana. The project is designed in line with the Government of Ghana’s current policy on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
In order to accelerate economic growth and reduce poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa, investment in STEM education needs to substantially grow across the continent. The Government of Ghana policy on STEM is designed to achieve this. This policy strongly encourages Ghanaian universities to develop new programs to effectively educate junior high and senior high school students in STEM courses. Knutsford University College has taken this challenge seriously. As a starting point, the College intends to develop a well-rounded science-teacher preparation curriculum, which is the aim of this project. The key goal is to implement a B.Sc. degree in secondary science education program starting from fall 2018.
The project when completed will impact greatly on Knutsford’s faculty skills in science education curriculum development and resource documentation. Also, the project will impact the learning experience of Knutsford’s academic community (staff, faculty and students) and the general public. Dr. Opoku-Duah (CADFP Fellow) will deliver a series of seminars on contemporary science topics, science and technology education, and curriculum development methods. In addition, he will showcase part of his research on the KATHAROS electro-physics, electro-chemistry water purification system. KATHAROS (invented by Mr. Dennis Johnson of Colorado) is a new generation technology that treats highly contaminated raw water to make it drinkable within minutes without recourse to conventional water treatment chemicals.
The Knutsford University project is one of 43 projects that will pair African Diaspora scholars with one of 35 higher education institutions and collaborators in Africa to work together on curriculum co-development, research, graduate teaching, training and mentoring activities in the coming months. The visiting Fellows will work with their hosts on a wide range of projects that include research in banking and finance, developing curriculum in therapeutics and environmental toxicology, mentoring faculty in computer science. and teaching and mentoring graduate students in media and communications and in a new interdisciplinary public health program. To deepen the ties among the faculty members and between their home and host institutions, the program is providing support to several program alumni to enable them to build on successful collaborative projects they conducted in previous years.
Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program
The Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program, now in its fourth year, is designed to reverse Africa’s brain drain, build capacity at the host institutions, and develop long-term, mutually beneficial collaborations between universities in Africa and the United States and Canada. It is funded by Carnegie Corporation of New York and managed by the Institute of International Education (IIE) in collaboration with United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in Nairobi, Kenya, which coordinates the activities of the Advisory Council. A total of 282 African Diaspora Fellowships have now been awarded for scholars to travel to Africa since the program’s inception in 2013.
Fellowships match host universities with African-born scholars (individually or in small groups) and cover the expenses for project visits of between 14 and 90 days, including transportation, a daily stipend, and the cost of obtaining visas and health insurance.
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