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African Science Academy[edit | edit source]

The African Science Academy is an all-girls Advanced level school founded in August, 2016. The school was founded by Tom Ilube, the founder and chairman of The African Gifted Foundation. The school is located in Tema, Ghana with students coming from all over Africa. Countries that have been represented so far are Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

The school started in August, 2016. The founder Tom Ilube knowing the impact of science and technology on the world, was inspired to explore how it could drive Africa's development through its own female scientists.He believed that a young gifted African girl if given the right resources and training can cause a change in the world.[2][3]

  • 2016: The first cohort had 24 girls representing Ghana, Nigeria, Uganda, Sierra Leone and Cameroon.
  • 2017: A student from the first cohort, Ibukun Aribilola, had the best results for the CIE Advanced level in Mathematics and Further Mathematics in Ghana.[4][5]
  • 2017: The second cohort had 22 girls with some coming from Kenya and Zimbabwe.

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The school logo is hexagonal in purple and violet colour.  It is hexagonal because of the significance of hexagons as in Graphene, benzene, honeycomb, polygons and tessellations. The colours of the logo were chosen because they are rare in nature and they represent privilege and power and are the most powerful wavelength in a rainbow.

Curriculum[edit | edit source]

African Science Academy prepares students to achieve Cambridge International Advanced Level Qualification within a single year[6]. All students study Advanced Level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics.

Extracurricular Activities[edit | edit source]

The school includes in its curriculum a wide range of activities. These activities are programming, guest speaker series, career sessions and sports. There are also a variety of clubs where students are trained and they can also exhibit their talents.This includes:

  • Dancing club
  • Reading and Debating Club
  • Wikimedia club
  • The choir
  • Cool Creatives
  • Innovation Club
  • Robotics
  • Yoga
  • Keep fit club

Campus[edit | edit source]

Students reside on campus. They have access to a library and casual areas for students to relax and study.The campus runs on both solar and hydroelectric power. Students are grouped into four houses, having their significance from the colours in the flag of Ghana and precious stones with the same colour.

The Significance of the Houses
Colour in flag Precious Stone
Red Ruby
Yellow Citrine
Green Emerald
Black Obsidian

Recognition[edit | edit source]

In 2017, CNN shared the story of African Science Academy on Inside Africa. The video tells the vision and mission of the school.[7] The school is also a member of the Partner Schools Global Network.

Trustees[edit | edit source]

The trustees and patron of the school include

  • Dr Mamphela  Ramphele, Patron

She is a South African academic, businesswoman, medical doctor and was a leading anti-apartheid activist.

  • Dr Tom Ilube CBE, Founder and Chair

Tom Ilube CBE is Founder and Chair of the African Gifted Foundation, which has opened the African Science Academy for gifted and talented young women.

  • Andrew Alli, Trustee

He is the Nigerian President/CEO of the Africa Finance Corporation (AFC).

  • Frank Russell, Trustee

   He is Director of Centre for African Development Research and Education (CADRE), a charity registered NGO created in 2001, which focuses on capacity building, education and research projects in Africa.

  • Clarissa Farr, Trustee

She is High Mistress (Head teacher) of St Paul’s Girls School, London, one of the UK’s leading girls secondary schools.

  • Dr Fiona Bartels-Ellis OBE, Trustee

She is Head of Equal Opportunity and Diversity at the British Council.

  • Professor Deborah Eyre, Trustee

She is a global educational leader; researcher, writer and influencer helping good schools become truly world class.

  • Rosalind Kainyah MBE, Trustee

She is Founder and Managing Director at Kina Advisory.

  • ·Rhianna Ilube, Trustee

Rhianna is the Youth Networks Coordinator at Restless Development UK, the international agency for youth-led development.

  • ·Jim Stanfield, RIP

He was Chief Executive of an innovative UK & USA based Technology Company.[8]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. TEMA, Nana Konadu Agyeman,. "African Science Academy inaugurated in Tema". Graphic Online. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  2. "Tom Ilube: Why I Created Africa's First All-Girls Science Academy - AB2020". AB2020. 2017-02-07. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  3. TEDx Talks (2017-10-11), Why Africa's girls will engineer the future | Tom Ilube | TEDxCambridgeUniversity, retrieved 2018-11-01
  4. "Partner Schools Global Network Awards Night | British Council". www.britishcouncil.org.gh. Retrieved 2018-11-23.
  5. "Meet Ibukunoluwa Aribilola, Volunteer Progression Tutor at the African Science Academy - Nsesa Foundation". Nsesa Foundation. 2018-03-01. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  6. "Cambridge International AS & A Levels". www.cambridgeinternational.org. Retrieved 2018-11-01.
  7. Opening new doors to STEM for women - CNN Video, retrieved 2018-11-26
  8. "The African Science Academy | Re-inventing Africa, one girl at a time". WeAreTheCity. 2017-07-25. Retrieved 2018-11-26.

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