Fun Laboratory Concept
Published on June 6, 2016 um 13:30
Explain your idea in details:
The discipline of mathematics and science presents many challenges to dissimilar learners. Mathematics and Science have often been termed the gatekeepers of success or failure for high school graduation and career success. Students fall below their expected level of mathematics and science achievement for a variety of reasons. When asked why they were not as successful especially in learning mathematics, many people reply that they never understood math, or never liked it because it was too abstract and did not relate to them. Childrens education often focuses on learning through play, based on the research and philosophy of Jean Piaget, which states that playing meets the physical, intellectual, language, emotional and social needs of children. Children's natural curiosity and imagination naturally evoke learning when unfettered. It is for this reason that Funlab Initiative seeks to developing the study standard of Mathematics and Science among children in schools across the country. With the prime objective in raising childrens interest in the twin subjects, the initiative runs innovative programs in consonance with the West African Examination Council standard, by adopting fun-learning alternatives i.e. Science through play based activities (fun games and making the study practical) and other diverse approaches to invoke childrens interest in the twin subjects.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
A lack of sufficient mathematical skill and understanding and the knowledge of science affect ones ability to make critically important educational, life, and career decisions. We believe when a child is trained up in the right direction he/she would not depart from it. Thus this project target mostly children in the basic and high schools. That is, tackling the problem from the grass root level. Funlab move from school to school (mobile laboratory concept) to provide assistance to teaching and learning of Mathematics and Science by demonstrating practically what the children have learnt using various play based activities (experiments, dramatization, games) and other innovative activities to complement what teachers teach in the classroom. Since our activities are play based which is not common in our curriculum, children find them interesting and so always love to be part of them. Example is our newly innovated game Kidu which makes children ask and answer questions as they play. Funlab organizes educative fair in every term of the year. As a way of evaluation, Funlab has an aptitude test item for children once every six months and also a yearly appraisal form to be filled by teachers and head teachers. Our expectation is that if children are able to find ways of playing with the subjects and apply what they learn to their practical life, they will then learn to like the subjects and therefore discover all lost interest. If such should happen, childrens performance in Mathematics and Science will be better in some time to come.
Plans for implementation and sustainability
Parents are always desperate when it comes to Mathematics and Science education of their wards due to their performance in schools. This makes some parents hire extra teachers individually and are paying huge sums of money for these extra tuition whiles the majority who cannot afford to hire extra teachers watch their children go through with the problem. Funlab is therefore collaborating with Ghana Education Service, Heads of schools, teachers and parents to carry out this worthy course at a very affordable amount that even the less privileged could afford. As a non profit entity, schools are not charged for enjoying our mobile laboratory concept. Meanwhile to keep the projects going, children are made to pay an amount during the educative fair which is organized in every term. We organize extra tuition on the two subjects for children at a very low cost to enable most parents participate and also our product like the Kidu will be sold to children. All decisions are taken with our collaborators in the various communities. The major challenge is getting the right equipments for the experiments which make us most of the time improvise and also transportation issues. These we believe when supported will be taken care of.
PROFILE Samuel Ahenakwah Benya is a career-minded diploma holder with an aptitude for creative problem solving and analysis with much attention to detail, and highly endowed with excellent team and strong communication skills. Born on 29th October, 1987 at Moree in the Central Region of Ghana. I am a highly passionate teacher with an exceptional versatile strength. Achievement: Founder and Director of Funlab Initiative, Ghana A member of Mathematics Association of Ghana (MAG) Participated in the your voice your choice global young leaders essay competition and was selected as one of the five finalists from Ghana. Head prefect of Lagos Town STMA School (2003 -2004). Education Diploma in Psychology and Foundation of Education (University Cape Coast) Takoradi Secondary School (Business Accounting) Certificated courses taken June, 2012 Mathematics Association of Ghana Effective teaching of Mathematics April, 2015 Young Africa Leaders Initiative Creating and maintaining social enterprise March,2016 Young Africa Leaders Initiative Fundamentals of Starting and Running a Business Working experience Class teacher (Sep. 2007 Jan. 2012 ) Secretary Four Faces Entertainment (part time) Mathematics teacher (Jan. 2012 July 2015) Other experiences include attending workshops organized by: Mathematics Association of Ghana (MAG) Ghana Education Service (GES) National Association of Private Schools (NAPS) COMMUNITY AND VOLUNTEER WORK Sept. 2014 date Funlab Initiative, Ghana Volunteer as a Coordinator Feb. 2015 - Sep. 2015 Edutainment Canopy Initiative, Ghana Volunteer as a Programs Manager June 2015 Friends of the Nation Volunteer for community mobilization
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Stage of Idea
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