Siemens Ghana Limited, subsidiary of global engineering giant Siemens, has entered into an agreement with Sekondi College (SEKCO) in the Western Region to support the school with science and computer infrastructure and resources.
The agreement was signed by the Country Manager of Siemens Ghana, Edmund Acheampong, and Francis Rexford Sam, headmaster of Sekondi College.
This follows Siemens visit to Sekondi College earlier in February 2017 to assess the school’s science and ICT needs.
“We began discussions earlier in February when we expressed our interest to support Sekondi College. I am glad we have signed the agreement today to fulfill that promise. It is important to us at Siemens to stand by our word,” Mr Acheampong said.
Per the agreement, Siemens will focus on three key areas: donation of science experiment kits, renovation and refurbishment of ICT laboratory, including the supply of computers for students from SHS1 to SHS3.
Mr. Acheampong said Siemens was happy to partner the school because of the priority given to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, particularly the enrollment of more female students into these programmes.
“Siemens is careful to leave lasting footprints wherever we do business by investing in the communities that support our business. We believe that investing in the education of these students in this community will empower them at the individual level and also to participate in industry using skills that they acquire from school,” he said.
Mr Acheampong added that teachers from Sekondi College would undertake a training course as part of Siemens localization programme to give the teachers a holistic view of technology for the future in order to effectively pass it on to students and the next generation of science and engineering enthusiasts.
The support package also comes with opportunities for an Exchange Programme between students of Sekondi College (SEKCO) and other partner schools in South Africa. “This training scheme is to help expose the students to learn and embrace other cultures,” Mr Acheampong added.
Mr Rexford Sam expressed his gratitude to Siemens for the intervention and massive support.