One-on-One with Head of Museum of Science and Technology in observance of International Museums Day
26 May 2022
The “Back to the Science Museum” exhibition, ongoing in Accra offers visitors the opportunity to learn about science and appreciate its value.
Solutions to today's global concerns, such as climate change and youth unemployment, require a multi-sectoral approach. Leveraging on scientific knowledge for its work in the areas of education, science, culture and communication, the work of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has become ever more important.
“You will agree with me that the basis of everything we do, is science” says Mrs. Akosua Buckman, Head of the Museum of Science and Technology, located in Accra. “Science facilitates discovery, knowledge acquisition, and problem-solving.” She added, confirming the usefulness to properly collect, preserve and conserve scientific discoveries in museums for future references.
The Museum in Accra is hosting an exhibition titled “Back to the Science Museum”. Sectioned into four themes, communication, wildlife, humans, and transportation, the exhibition consists of collections dating as far back as 1960s. This will offer the opportunity for visitors to learn about science and appreciate its value and worth in our daily lives. According to Mrs. Buckman, “science literacy is not evenly distributed throughout society, as a result, the Museum of Science and Technology is a place where anyone can come in and learn about science”. She expressed concern about the lack of scientific apparatus needed to teach science successfully in public schools. Consequently, results from analysis from the ongoing exhibition will inform the Museum’s approach to reach out to young people with the aim of bridging the gap between theory and practice.
As the first female Director of the Museum of Science and Technology, Mrs. Buckman said a lot is expected of her, but she embraces every challenge and will work towards delivering effective and efficient service. She expressed heartfelt congratulations to all women, both international and domestic, who have and continue to be trailblazers in various fields.
She said the Museum is looking forward to collaborating with STEM groups, both foreign and local, to achieve a collective goal. Science and technology museums are places where science concepts are demonstrated, and people can see how science concepts are applied. This collective effort would give birth to the dream of evoking interest in science and technology among young people as well as teaching how to understand everyday life through science.
UN entities involved in this initiative
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization