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SELF International steps on to the world stage.

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    SELF International, Inc. is an organization whose mission is to promote literacy, creative education in science, math and the arts for all ages in U.S. communities of need and targeted developing countries in order to heighten personal and national levels of academic achievement. This mission is rooted in hope and a vision of social justice upholding the belief that all people are created equal and are equally deserving of quality education and that responsible stewardship of our world is dependent upon an educated citizenship
  • 2. OUTLINE
    History and Origins of SELF International
    Ghana's Science/Math Gap
    OGUAA Discovery Museum, Cape Coast.
    The Vision: Three Phases
    Museum of Science & Technology, Accra
    Pioneering steps.
  • 3. Mission of SELF International, Inc.
    Promote Science and Technology as useful tools in combating poverty
    Cultivate inquiry skills in children and encourage curiosity about the world
    Provide appropriate curricula, instructional technology and trained personnel
    Apply distance learning to supplement goals
  • 4. Science
    SELF International approaches the subject of science by pointing out that science is all around us.
    We encourage curiosity about everything that we see, feel, touch.
    We advocate the use of knowledge to improve the quality of life for humankind
    Science must be fun to learn.
  • 5.
  • 6. Literacy
    To nurture a way of life that makes the individual a perpetual self-learner is our goal
  • 7. Fine Arts
    Blending the creative impulses present in scientific invention and the many forms of artistic expression present in society
  • 8. Ghana’s potential to grow
    Multi-party democratic governance
    Inflation reduced from 40% in 2001 to 11.0% (2006)
    Real GDP growth was 6.2% in 2006
    Untapped skills and intellectual capacity
    Government that respects the rule of law.
    A vital strategic partner of USA in the West African Region
  • 9. The Current Achievement
    Literacy rates by country: Ghana is 177/204 nations with 57.6%.
    Literacy-Female: Ghana is 168/197 with 49.85, (Male-171/197 with 66.4%)
    Expenditure per student:
    -primary 12.85% of GDP per capita
    - secondary 34.53% of GDP per capita
  • 10. Technology Indicators1995, 1998, 2001-02
    Computers per 100 people; 0.12: 0.30 : N/A
    Telephone lines; 63,067: 179,594: 240,000
    Mobile-phone subscribers; 6,200: 42,343: N/A
    Public telephone booths; 30 1,814
    Satellite dish subscribers; 0 :15,000: N/A
    Internet host sites; 6: 253: N/A
    Radios per 100 people; 23.1: 68.2: N/A
    TVs per 100 people; 4.04: 35.2: N/A
    Internet subscribers; N/A: 10,000: 400,000
    Source;Ghana Government home page
  • 11. Information/Comm./Telecomm.
    Telephone mainlines (per 100 people) 1.1(2000) 1.5(2006) 2.5(Low-income group,2006) 1.0(sub-saharan Africa).
    International voice traffic (minutes per person)a 11(2000); 20(2006 )
    Mobile telephone subscribers (per 100 people) 0.6(00) 22.6(06); 14.3(low-income group,(06); 13.5(sub-saharan Africa,(06)
    Population covered by mobile telephony (%) 69(06); 40(Low-income group,(06). –World Bank
  • 12. Information/Comm./Telecomm.
    Internet users (per 100 people) 0.1(00) 2.7(06) 4.2 (Low-income group, 06) 3.8 (Sub-Saharan Africa, 06)
    Personal computers (per 100 people) 0.3(00); 0.6(06); 1.4(Low-income group,06) 1.8(Sub-Saharan Africa,06)
    Households with a television set (%) 22(00); 26(06); 16(Low-income group, 06); 14 (Sub-Saharan Africa, 06)-World Bank
  • 13. The Challenge
    According to a TIMSS* Report:
    Ghana students compared to peers around the
    world were in the last position in Science for 8th. graders, and last but one in Math for the same
    With an averagre score of 500, USA:502, Botswana: 355, Ghana:303 in Science
    In Math, USA:508, Botswana:364, Ghana:309.
    *Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, NCES, US Dept. of Education. 2007
  • 14. Addressing the Math/Science Gap
    Provide creative hands-on activities for primary schools
    Create discovering environments for talented secondary school students
    Generate a family literacy approach to nurturing a science culture in society
    Establish useful enterprises that apply the sciences to solve local problems
  • 15. CAPE COAST
    Home to:
    Ancient slave forts – Cape Coast Castle
    University of Cape Coast
    Biriwa Resort Beach
    Microclinic Headquarters
    SELF International Inc: Launching in Cape Coast an Innovative educational experience in science, health education, and technological innovation across all ages
  • 16. Oguaa Discovery Center
    Building Complex (Projected)
    Inventor’s Workshop
    Research and Development laboratory
    Classrooms & auditorium
    Botanical Gardens
  • 17. Oguaa Discovery Center
    The complex of buildings will be on 40 acres
    The buildings are to house permanent and temporary exhibits on issues in health, energy, environment. etc.
    Classrooms, laboratories and workshops for educational programs including classes for field trips and invention events.
    Auditorium for conferences and guest speakers
    Future Institute of Science
  • 18. Oguaa Discovery Center
    Garden of medicinal plants eg. Artemisinin for malaria chemotherapy and Moringaoleifera-”miracle tree”
    Arboretum for agricultural Research
    Commercial fisheries development near-shore.
  • 19. Tourism Revenue and Potential from Cape Coast
    Cape Coast Castle received 70,052(07) and 56,691(06) visitors earning along with Elmina Castle,C210,795.83 in 2007 and C146,641.68 in 2006. Most of these visitors came from overseas who also toured nearby Kakum Forest Reserve and Biriwa Resort Beach.
    Cape Coast is host to an annual influx of over 12,000 secondary school and 2000 university students.
    Microclinic, a non-profit organization creating a basic health care and essential drug distribution model for developing countries is based in Cape Coast
    Following a franchise business model that combines ownership with proven operating, marketing, and distribution standards, MicroClinic empowers community health nurses to own and grow their own MicroClinic.
  • 21. Poverty and disease are inextricably linked.
    Because MicroClinic focuses on a short list of preventable diseases that account for 70% of childhood illnesses and deaths in Sub-Sahara Africa, it develops domain expertise for its nurse/franchisees and provides top quality service to those at the base of the pyramid.
  • 22. Microclinic
  • 23. Microclinic
    Malaria: Over one million die of malaria each year, including 2,000 children every day in sub-Sahara Africa. Malaria is estimated to have slowed economic growth in Africa by 1.3 percent per year.
  • 24. Measles
    Measles, also called rubeola, is a highly contagious — but rare — respiratory infection that's caused by a virus. It causes a total-body skin rash and flu-like symptoms, including a fever, cough, and runny nose
  • 25. Tuberculosis
    Tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease caused by bacteria whose scientific name is Mycobacterium tuberculosis. It was first isolated in 1882 by a German physician named Robert Koch who received the Nobel prize for this discovery. TB most commonly affects the lungs but also can involve almost any organ of the body. Many years ago, this disease was referred to as "consumption" because without effective treatment, these patients often would waste away. Today, of course, tuberculosis usually can be treated successfully with antibiotics.
  • 26. Tuberculosis
    A person can become infected with tuberculosis bacteria when he or she inhales minute particles of infected sputum from the air. The bacteria get into the air when someone who has a tuberculosis lung infection coughs, sneezes, shouts, or spits (which is common in some cultures). People who are nearby can then possibly breathe the bacteria into their lungs. You don't get TB by just touching the clothes or shaking the hands of someone who is infected. Tuberculosis is spread (transmitted) primarily from person to person by breathing infected air during close contact.
  • 27. Pneumonia
    Pneumonia is an infection of one or both lungs which is usually caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi. Prior to the discovery of antibiotics, one-third of all people who developed pneumonia subsequently died from the infection. Currently, over 3 million people develop pneumonia each year in the United States. Over a half a million of these people are admitted to a hospital for treatment. Although most of these people recover, approximately 5% will die from pneumonia.
  • 28. HIV/AIDS
    Objectives are:
    accelerating the scale-up of ARV treatment and care;
    maximizing health sector's contribution to HIV prevention;
    investing in strategic information to guide a more effective response;
    taking urgent action to strengthen and expand health systems.
  • 29. Diarrheal disease
    What is it?
    Why does it occur?
    What can people do ?
    Diarrhea is loose, watery stools. A person with diarrhea typically passes stool more than three times a day. People with diarrhea may pass more than a quart of stool a day. Acute diarrhea is a common problem that usually lasts 1 or 2 days and goes away on its own without special treatment. Prolonged diarrhea persisting for more than 2 days may be a sign of a more serious problem and poses the risk of dehydration. Chronic diarrhea may be a feature of a chronic disease.
    Diarrhea can cause dehydration, which means the body lacks enough fluid to function properly. Dehydration is particularly dangerous in children and older people, and it must be treated promptly to avoid serious health problems.
  • 30. Microclinic and Oguaa Discovery Center
    The Oguaa Taylor Discovery Center as a world-class establishment integrated with the Microclinic health initiative will seek to expand, research and apply knowledge that leads to new and expanded public health improvement practices
  • 31. Microclinic and Oguaa Discovery Center
    The two establishments jointly will serve as a repository of past and present efforts and achievements in combating tropical diseases.
    Our immediate efforts will focus on the above diseases and seek to connect our literary efforts to disease control, prevention and eradication
  • 32. Evaluation
    Get started immediately in Ghana and provide impetus to the Oguaa Discovery Center project
    We develop connections with persons institutions, potential corporate sponsors
    Provide hands-on engagement interventions designed to demonstrate to the Ghanaian community and our supporters in the USA what to expect at Oguaa Discovery Center
  • 34. Microclinic
    Science Education Literacy Fine Arts
    International, Inc
  • 35. THE VISION
    “I have proposed the name ‘Science City’ for this scientific community .” Nkrumah 1964
    Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Park
  • 36. PHASE I: The Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    On the grounds of the OGUAA DISCOVERY CENTER will be the permanent installation of the Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Park.A DISCOVERY TRAIL will lead visitors through a series of fun and educational revelations about themselves and the world around them.
  • 37. PHASE I: The Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    Enter through the front gates.
    Explore the interactive science exhibits one by one along the path.
    Take a contemplative walk through a giant maze
    Stop for a rest on benches nestled in colorful gardens
    Play a game of chess on a life size chess board
  • 38. PHASE I: The Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Park
    Learn how solar energy works at the collector installation. Build your own solar lantern.
    Play a 21st century game of hopscotch on the life size periodic chart of elements.
    Walk through the rings of a tree to see how it grows.
    Study the clearly labeled herbs and vegetation of Ghana along the path.
    Stop at the Lego Lodge to build your own robot.
  • 39. PHASE I: The Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    Take part in the water harvesting demonstration and study Ghana’s water supply.
    Experiment with a wind turbine or wind generator in the inventor’s workshop.
    Learn how Compatible Technology is helping people process more nutritional food, and construct a food grinder yourself.
  • 40. PHASE I: The Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    Enjoy a picnic in the pavilion, and sit at the Periodic picnic table.
    Relax at a concert in the outdoor amphitheater.
    Learn about Moringa, the “miracle tree” and how it increases the nutritional value of food. Try some Ghanaian food.
    Shop in the village market.
  • 41. PHASE I: Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    Put on a lab coat and see what malaria looks like under the microscope.
    Learn what the Microclinic in Cape Coast is doing to fight malaria and other infectious diseases in Ghana.
  • 42. PHASE I: Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    Bring the children to discover fun in learning at the Exploritorium
    Watch teachers with their classes studying the natural wonders around them or making new discoveries in the computer lab
  • 43. PHASE I: Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    Enjoy art exhibits by local artists and students at the Park in the sculpture garden.
    Visit the cyber center.
    Search NASA on line to find answers to your science questions
    Watch a movie about global warming.
  • 44. PHASE I: Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    Before you go…
    Stop by and see the model and plans for the OGUAA DISCOVERY CENTER. Share the VISION for this self sustaining, ecologically green center of learning and exploration , the future center of science for Ghana
  • 45. PHASE I: Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    The Discovery Park will charge an admission fee. Group rates will be available. Facilities can be reserved for weddings, parties, holiday events or other occasions.
    Teachers and students are invited to participate in robotics competitions and inventors’ fairs to be held periodically at the park.
    The Discovery Park will be a permanent installation to serve as the grounds and setting for the coming OGUAA Discovery Center.
  • 46. PHASE I: Kojo Taylor Science and Technology Discovery Park
    Together we can create a vision of hope for science education in Ghana. From these humble beginnings, the ripples of learning will spread from Cape Coast touching the lives of all communities and preparing our children for the future.
  • 47. Museum of Science and Technology (MST), Accra
    Currently MST sets a platform for pupils and teachers to expound, explain concepts and principles in the teaching and learning of science and mathematics.
    Pupils from basic four to basic eight in science clubs visit for hands-on activities and exhibitions
    Liaises with teachers to improve teaching
  • 48. Objectives of Museum of Science and Technology.
    Stimulate interest in science and technology in children
    Show application of science and technology in industry for human welfare
    Encourage creative scientific talent in the younger generation
    Collect, preserve and display the achievements of science past and present
  • 49. Programs: Museum of Science and Technology
    Schools/public tour guide in museum
    Schools outreach program on science education
    Topical exhibitions(HIV/AIDS, water, environment )
    Annual science fairs for basic and secondary schools
    Object acquisition
  • 50. Material Needs of MST
    An interactive permanent exhibition on environment and energy to stimulate public interest
    Audio visual equipment, teaching aids/models, documentary films, projector, etc for the teaching and learning of science.
    Well-equipped library.
    Equipped laboratory for hands-on physics, chemistry and biology
  • 51. Material Needs of MST
    Computer library for information,communication and technology (ICT) training center.
    Van for outreach and research programs
    Human resource development
  • 52. Network
    SELF International links with:
    • CompatableTecnology International St.Paul, Minnesota
    • 53. Leonardo’s Basement Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 54. Innovations in Science and Technology Education, Minnesota
    • 55. The Bakken Museum Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • 56. The Works Technology Discovery Center Edina, Minnesota
    • 57. Centaur Stride Inc. Westfield, New York
    • 58. Mano a Mano Mendota Heights, Minnesota and Bolivia, South America
    • 59. Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota
    • 60. Hope College, Holland, Michigan
  • Epilogue
    In the 1800s, the British established the educational system in the colony which grew to become Ghana at Cape Coast. It has served well.
    Now, Cape Coast again launches Ghana and Africa on another adventure in education suited to the challenges of the coming generations. This three phase vision is the Wave of science education for the future.
  • 61. GHANAMicroClinics GhanaTantri Lorry StationP. O. Box 366Cape Coast, GHANA027-736-7229
    RepresentativeMicroClinics UgandaP.O.Box 6541Kampala,Uganda
    USAMicroClinics310 Fourth Avenue So. Suite 1008Minneapolis, MN. 55415
    www.microclinics.comPhone: 1-866-319-9511Fax: 612-455-2504
    SELF International, Inc.
    4233 Chicago Avenue So.
    Minneapolis, MN 55407
    Phone: 1-612-824-6110