College of Education visits GAEC to Commemorate DSRA

A picture of staff, faculty and students who visited the Commission

On Friday, June 23, 2023, a number of students, staff and faculty of the College of Education visited the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) as part of activities in celebration of the Day of Scientific Renaissance of Africa.

At the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission, the team which was led by Prof. John Kwame Boateng, Chair of the College of Education Planning Committee for the celebration of the Day of Scientific Renaissance of Africa was warmly received by Mr. Frank Darko Ankrah, a representative of the Public Relations Department of GAEC.

Mr. Frank Darko Ankrah (in white shirt) on tour with the team from the College of Education

In his presentation, Mr. Ankrah gave a historical overview of the establishment of the Commission. He indicated that the Commission was established by the first President of Ghana, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah in 1963 to pursue the peaceful use of nuclear science technology. He informed the touring team that the Commission was made up of institutes and centres. Additionally, he mentioned that the Commission also provided services in areas such as nuclear analysis, isotope hydrology and technology transfer to the general public and industries.

Some students and staff listening to a facilitator

Consequently, Mr. Ankrah led the team on a tour of the facilities at the Commission which included the Ghana Research Reactor -1 Centre, Radiation and Entomology Centre and the National Isotope Hydrology Laboratory. At the various centres, facilitators gave an overview of the research works carried out and the impactful nature of their activities to people, industries and the environment both locally and internationally.

Dr. Courage (second right), a scientist at the National Isotope Hydrology Laboratory briefing the team

The team learnt about the use of nuclear technology in solving agricultural, veterinary and medical issues as well as some aspects of entomology, pest control and water treatment. The team also had the opportunity to see the only research reactor in the country during the tour.


Dr. Enoch Selorm Ofori (right), Manager of the Radiation and Entomology Centre, explaining a point to the Team

Some officials from the College who were part of the team included Mr. Joseph Oduro Nkansah, College Secretary of the College of Education, Mrs. Joycelyn Boateng, College Human Resource Officer, Ms. Dorinda N. Yeboah, College Administrator and Ms. Angela Anokye, Secretary of the Planning Committee for the celebration of the DSRA.

The Organization of Africa Unity (OAU), now African Union (AU) in 1987 passed a resolution for the celebration of the Day of Scientific Renaissance of Africa (DSRA) on 30th June each year. The core objective of the celebration is to remind African governments and people about the critical roles Science and Technology play in national development. This is also done in remembrance of the continent’s great contribution to the rise and development of modern Science and Technology.