POSITION STATEMENTS ON INTRODUCTION OF SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS (STEM) EDUCATION IN GHANA

The Art Teachers’ Association of Ghana (ATAG), a registered professional body at the forefront of Arts education delivery in Ghana, with membership comprising of seasoned Art Educators at both pre-tertiary and tertiary levels of education in Ghana, in collaboration with the School of Creative Arts (SCA), University of Education, Winneba present their official position on the recent adoption and implementation of STEM (Science, Mathematics and Technology) educational policy by the Ministry of Education and the National Teaching Council.

The National Teaching Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Education organised stakeholders meeting on August 10, 2021 in Accra on the theme ‘STEM Education in Ghana: What Ought to Happen’. We observed that the eminent scholars invited for the presentation on the said date were drawn from science, engineering and mathematics background just as the theme suggested. The incisive presentations from these scholars hammered on the aforementioned subject areas – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics – as key in training the twenty-first century learner in Ghana.

However, drawing cue from best practices of advanced and developing nations who are making giant strides in inventions and innovations points to the fact that those countries have prioritized certain fields of study we (in Ghana and some parts of Africa) have neglected in addition to Science, Technology and Mathematics. Based on best global practices, ATAG and SCA make its position clear on the continuous exclusion of Arts Education in the promotion of Science, Mathematics and Technology (STEM) education policy in Ghanaian educational policies.

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NOTICE OF ATAG NATIONAL AND REGIONAL ELECTIONS 2021

Nominations are opened for the National and Regional ATAG Elections slated for August 7 2021.

Per the ATAG constitution, the vacant positions for the National are:

  • National President
  • Ist National Vice
  • 2nd National Vice
  • National Secretary
  • National Organiser
  • National Financial Secretary
  • National Treasurer
  • National Public Relations Officer
  • National Ladies’ Representative

 

The vacant Regional positions are:

  • Regional President
  • Ist Regional Vice
  • 2nd Regional l Vice
  • Regional Secretary
  • Regional Organizer
  • Regional Financial Secretary
  • Regional Treasurer
  • Regional Public Relations Officer
  • Regional Ladies’ Representative

 

Interested members should use provided link to fill the form:

https://forms.gle/y9aVS1UcVvL9LpU36

The deadline for submission of forms is 1st August 2021. Only registered members could stand for and could vote.

 

Note:

The nomination Fee is GHS 100 payable to ATAG Momo 0243852922.

Filled formed would be considered complete only after  payment of a non-refundable fee of GHS100

Thank You

2021 INTERNATIONAL MUSEUM DAY FIX THE GHANA NATIONAL MUSEUM

 PRESS RELEASE

 # FIX THE GHANA NATIONAL MUSEUM 

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The Art Teachers’ Association of Ghana (ATAG) congratulate, salute and celebrate all Ghanaian museum staff. We appreciate your hard work! In celebrating this special occasion of International Museum Day (IMD) observed annually on May 18, we encourage all museum staff to continue with the good work they are doing for the nation.

We, the Art Teachers’ Association of Ghana, join hands with the International Council of Museums (ICOM) to celebrate this special day on the theme “The Future of Museums: Recover and Reimagine”. This theme attracts sober reflection on the state of the nations’ national and regional museums considering the fact they have been left to rot under the watch of successive governments after the overthrow of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah. In celebrating this day, marked annually for the purpose of awareness creation about the great importance of museums in the historical, educational and socio-cultural development of nations, it saddens our heart to come to terms with the harsh historical reality that governments after Nkrumah have done little or nothing to continue and or add to the progressive development of the national museum he built. The 1958 extension works started by Nkrumah have become a place for squatters. It has been left in ruins. Interestingly, Ghana National Museum is one of the oldest museums in West Africa.

The Ghana National Museum in Accra still inhabits the 1957 temporal building which was meant to be one of the galleries of the original structure. Sadly, this temporal structure leaks, making the collections unsafe. On December 24, 2015, this National Gallery of the Ghana Museums was closed to refurbish the leakages when it rains. Sadly, due to lack of political will, the renovation which began in 2015 has not been completed to date. The Museum of Science and Technology (MST) near Accra Technical University (formerly called Accra Poly) also leaks. The Ghana National Museum has been closed to the public for six years now due to leakage of the building. 

The national museum is facing leadership deficiency; has magnificent physical infrastructural deficit; serious funding problems; lacks proper branding strategy; and has obsolete laws. The Ghana National Museum needs proactive and action-oriented leadership to address the challenges of physical infrastructure, obsolete laws, funding concerns, and introduce a good branding strategy. This is because the museum shapes national identity, public arts education and enculturation of the current and future generations.

We are, therefore, appealing to the government to Fix-The-Ghana-National-Museum. Our national Museum must reflect our varied artistic cultures, and be a powerhouse of our art history and identity.

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Koranteng, J., Ismaila, M., Adom, D. & Tetteh, M. (2020). Constructivist teaching strategies for graphic design education in selected senior high schools in Ghana

The purpose of this study was to find out the constructivist teaching strategies that can maximize students’ performances in Graphic Design in some selected Senior High Schools in Ghana. This was seen as important because of the weaknesses associated with teacher-centred teaching approaches such as using the lecture method that does not allow students to actively participate in the construction of knowledge. A qualitative inquiry was used in garnering data from 57 purposively selected sample consisting of 7 teachers and 50 students from Senior High Schools who have performed creditably in Graphic Design education in Ghana. Data were solicited from them via personal interviews, focus group discussions, and direct classroom observations on the effective teaching strategies for Graphic Design that maximize students’ learning outcomes. The data were analyzed using thematic analysis under the qualitative research approach. The results showed that student-centred teaching strategies were more effective in the teaching of the Graphic Design subject in the selected Senior High Schools in Ghana as against the popular teacher-centred approaches. Thus, Demonstration, Discussion, Cooperative- Learning, Problem-Solving, and Project-Based teaching strategies were observed to actively involve students and promoted more hands-on activities that assisted learners in acquiring the required vocational skills in the field of Graphic Design. Addressing challenges such as appropriate working studios, provision of  recommended textbooks, computers for the introduction of CAD programmes proved to be effective means of enhancing Graphic Design education in the selected Senior High Schools. The study concludes that for Graphic Design education in the selected Senior High Schools to fully fulfill its objectives of assisting learners to gain the required content knowledge and hands-on skills in their chosen fields of study, more effective learner-centred teaching strategies such as discussion, problem-solving and project-based teaching strategies must be used.

Constructivist teaching strategies for graphic design education in selected senior high schools in Ghana
Published: December 8, 2020

Navei, N. (2020). Tracer study on the employability of Graphic Design graduates of University of Education, Winneba

 Premised on qualitative case study design, the study investigated the employability of Graphic Design graduates of University of Education, Winneba (UEW) with reference to graduate expectations and realities in the world of work. Twenty-eight (28) Bachelor of Arts (BA) Graphic Design graduates of the July 2012 year group and one other key participant all of the Department of Graphic Design of UEW were selected through the use of purposive and exponential non-discriminate snowball sampling techniques. Empirical data were collected through opinionnaire and semistructured interview. The study found the rationale of BA Graphic Design programme of UEW to have bi-focal agenda of equipping its graduates with the needed expertise in Graphic Design practice and education as well as guarantee its graduates employability in the industrial or entrepreneurial establishments. It was also established that most of the July 2012 BA Graphic Design graduates of UEW expected to gain immediate employment by the industry only, after graduation. Since the rationale of the programme is bi-focal in nature, the study recommends that the department of Graphic Design, UEW should provide adequate sensitization and orientation to prospective applicants including continuing students on the nature of the programme as well as initiate career orientation programmes for its graduates in order to broaden their knowledge on employability in any of the job prospects of the programme after school.

Tracer study on the employability of Graphic Design graduates of University of Education, Winneba
Published: December 8, 2020

Analysis of Ghanaian political parties’ manifesto promises on the creative Arts sector: A case study of 2012, 2016 & 2020 manifestoes

During every election year, both the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the New Patriotic Party (NPP) articulate their campaign promises on what they intend doing to promote the entire Creative Arts sector in their manifestoes. The duopoly (NDC & NPP), have been alternating political power in the fourth republic of Ghana. It is against this background that this study focused on the comparative content analysis of the manifestoes of these two major political parties in Ghana to reveal their promises and its deliverability relating to the Creative Arts. Comparative content analytical approach was used to analyse the content of the promises. It took into cognisance the promises they delivered when they were given the nod by the Ghanaian electorates. The study revealed that with the absence of National Creative Arts Policy, both the NDC and NPP have provided middle-of-the-road art policies in their manifestoes which have largely remained unfulfilled since 2012 to present. The promises were bias towards the performing arts, leaving the Visual Arts. Both parties made promises of establishing a resilient Creative Arts sector by building and supporting more museums, create jobs for art and craft producers through their policy initiatives. They also promised of building art galleries and regional theatres and establish Creative Arts Fund, support musicians, film actors and producers in the performing arts industry, yet all these juicy promises have proved to be mere lip service under the respective tenure of these two political parties.

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PETITION TO PROF. KWASI OPOKU-AMANKWA, DIRECTOR GENERAL OF GHANA EDUCATION SERVICE, ON THE ONGOING 2020 VISUAL ARTS WASSCE PRACTICAL FEES CHALLENGES IN PUBLIC SENIOR HIGH SCHOOLS

The Art Teachers Association of Ghana (ATAG) commends government for being proactive in absorbing the fee associated with 2020 WASSCE (West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination) practical for the Visual Arts student-finalists. It is first of its kind in the history of WASSCE and, therefore, highly commendable.

However, our visits to the Senior High Schools upon commencement of the examination on July 20, 2020 revealed that monies allocation per each student for the execution of the practical works in the Visual Arts subjects was Fifteen Ghana Cedis (15GHS). Based on the demand of the questions, this money is woefully inadequate and cannot cater for even one of the four (4) Visual arts elective subjects the students pursue.

There are eight (8) Visual Arts Subjects namely Basketry, Jewellery, Sculpture, Ceramics, Picture Making, Graphic Design, Leatherwork and Textiles in addition to General Knowledge in Art (GKA) which students are required to execute practical works as part of their 2020 WASSCE final examination. These subjects are categorised into three-dimensional (Leatherwork, Basketry, Jewellery, Sculpture and Ceramics), and two-dimensional (Picture Making, Graphic Design, and Textiles). Of these two categories, each student is mandated to study two subjects from each category in addition to General Knowledge in Art (GKA). This allow students to study an average of four visual arts subjects of which they are to execute practical works.

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GOODWILL MESSAGE FROM ATAG NATIONAL SECRETARIAT TO 2020 WASSCE VISUAL ARTS EXAMINEES

We send our very best wishes to all Visual Arts student-finalists partaking in the 2020 West African Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) starting from Monday, July 20, 2020. With your creativity, innovative spirit and discipline, follow all examination rules and regulations, as well as the COVID-19 protocols to have a fruitful examination. With your studiousness and confident urge in the three years of training from your Art Teachers, put up your very best and success will clad your efforts.

We wish you best of luck in all your papers.

SAVE THE GHANA NATIONAL MUSEUM FROM DECAY

As part of the 2020 International Museum Day celebration, the Art Teachers’ Association of Ghana has appealed to government to save the Ghana National Museum from decay and continue with the 1964 abandoned museum extension project. The museum has been closed for five years now due to leakages of this temporary building. In delivering of the address, Dr Osuanyi Quaicoo Essel, the national president of the association urged the government to focus attention on the museum since it is the powerhouse of the nation’s material and non-material cultural history. He also appealed for the establishment of a National Art Gallery.

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ATAG Surpreme Council urges members to support progressive development of the association

The Supreme Council, the second highest decision-making body of the Art Teachers’ Association of Ghana (ATAG), at its first general meeting held on January 6, 2020 at T. I. Ahmadiyya Senior High School (TI AMASS), Kumasi, urged members to be pro-active and give their best to serve and build the association. In his welcoming address at the meeting, Mr Antwi-Wiafe (Cuma Lee), the past first National President of ATAG who doubles as a teacher of Ahmadiyya Senior High School (TI AMASS) welcomed members of the Supreme Council to the meeting and expressed his sentiments about the progressive development of the association. He added that becoming a member of such a prestigious subject-based association is paramount since it contributes to one’s continuous professional development in academic pursuit as professional art teacher. Antwi-Wiafe stressed on the need for members to register online on ATAG website to reap the full benefits the association has to offer.

Dr. Osuanyi Quaicoo Essel, the current National ATAG President also welcomed members and delivered the current state of ATAG since the induction of his administration from 17thAugust 2019 to date. He pointed out that, the contributions of the National Executive Council (NEC) and support from the membership of ATAG have contributed to registration of the Association (ATAG) at the Registrar General’s Department of the Republic of Ghana; creating ATAG website that include a database for membership registration and interactive engagements. He encourage all members to register online (https://www.atagonline.org/join-now/) and pay their dues for more development.

Registering as a paid-up member of ATAG comes with benefits including free scholarly journal and magazine publications, free annual professional development training and conferences, ATAG paraphernalia (Cloth, sticker, etc), membership ID Card, free access to teaching and learning resources in its database.

The Supreme Council discussed the five-year ATAG strategic Plan (2019 – 2023). The  strategic plan prepared by the National Executive Council (NEC) was laid before the Supreme Council and was fully supported to be operationalized after changes effected within some parts of the documents. A brief discussion was held on how members could register online, pay their dues, communicate and interact with each other. The Supreme Council was delighted that member could go online to the website and register. Two main channels were identified for the payment of the dues. The first is by the online payment using the Momo Pay, which is renewable every year and the second is payment through monthly deductions from the Controller and Accountant General’s Department. For the latter option members may have to fill a form to that effect. Dr. Osuanyi Quaicoo Essel added that the zonal categorization is meant for registration purposes and to widen the membership of the association. It is aimed at giving each member a unique identity code that would serve as the ATAG registration number. The regional code would be the prefix for a member’s identity number, followed by the year of registration, month of registration, zonal code and the reference number. The immediate President of ATAG, Mr. Ibrahim Mahama, called for a massive membership registration drive and campaign from all zones within the country.

The Supreme Council charged the various regional presidents to select three to four interim zonal executives to manage the various zones and furnish the national executive council with their names. The Council appointed Mr Paul Okyere Afoakwa as the acting President for Central Region until a substantive president is elected. The Constitutional Review Committee was also tasked to add to the constitution the impeachment regulation for the conducts of all executive members whose conduct does not contribute to the growth of the association.

 

Authored by

Daniel Ato Adubah

(National Secretary)