On 20th August 2021 Cohort 1 of UPSHIFT Social Innovation Training had its third Soft Skills Training Session. The session started with Mrs. Grace Ameyibor introducing herself as the Service for Action and Community Project coordinator at Tema International School. She shared with girls some information about herself, her hobbies, and how passionate she is about young women. She then gave the students an opportunity to introduce themselves and state their favourite dishes.
The session continued with the guest speaker explaining critical thinking skills as the ability to think clearly, independently, and rationally by connecting different ideas in order for you to reach a solution or conclusion. She told them the way one thinks when trying to solve a problem makes that person extraordinary. She also shared three ways of improving critical thinking skills, which included being more interested in questions that engage the mind, asking a lot of questions, and reading a lot of classical literature.
Later, she asked each group to tell her about the problems they identified in their communities and solutions they have thought of. Among these problems were unemployment, teenage pregnancy, and inadequate toilet facilities for members in their communications. Mrs. Ameyibor was quite impressed with the solutions the students had come up with. She encouraged them to continue with their hard work as upcoming social innovators and would be very interested in seeing the prototypes they would come out with.