The Apostle Safo Technology centre has rolled out plans to establish an institution for higher technological studies, accredited by the National Accreditation Board, which would practically train thousands of Ghanaians on how to manufacture technological gadgets/machines.
The academic programmes that would be offered by the said institute would be tailored to meet the demands of the job market for exceptionally capable and multi-skilled graduates.
As such the curriculum would be designed to provide broad-based academic and intense practical experience that will enable students to understand and apply their knowledge acquired in solving real world challenges. Students, in addition to acquiring a wide practical knowledge base, would also be made to specialise in their chosen fields.
The learning process would encompass active engagement with real life machines/gadgets, individual and group participation in projects, frequent interaction and feedback as well as connection to real-world experts (of which Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo is a typical example).
All these are aimed at intellectually challenging the students while providing them with a realistic snapshot of what the job market expects. Additionally, it would enable graduates of the institution to be self-dependent on their knowledge to create jobs on their own.
Assessments would be based on practical competency as Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo rightly refers to it as “if you can do it then do it for us to see.” Because the assessment criteria is based on practically using the “hands” to demonstrate acquired skills and not only regurgitating what one has memorised from text books through essay writing, the institution aims to put measures in place to assist different types of learners.
Thus tutors would not only lecture, but serve as coaches and exemplary leaders in both the classroom and on the field. Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo aims to make learning more meaningful and fun while at the same time imparting his multi-disciplinary technological skills and acumen to students.
Speaking to the media, the President of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and a board member of the Council for Technology and Vocational Education and Training (COVET), Eric Ankrah, said the institution welcomes the news and is very ready to assist.
Over the years the Apostle Safo technology centre has collaborated with other educational institutions such as Kumasi Polytechnic and University of Mines and Technology (UMAT) among others to train students and prepare them for the job market.
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