|12 Schools Get ICT Centre|
|Tuesday, 14 February 2012 14:00|
More than 2,734 students from 12 schools in Obom Kojoman, in the Ga South District of the Greater Accra Region, will for the first time benefit from the practical aspects of Information and Communication Technology (ICT).
This is as a result of collaboration between World Vision (W.V) Ghana, and Samsung Korea, who have established an ultra-modern ICT centre, equipped with 20 Laptops, a block teacher’s office, a store and teacher’s common room for the school.
The facility cost $141,000, out of which staff of Samsung contributed $126,000, with the community contributing $15,000.
Commissioning the facility, the District Director of Education Mrs. Florence Addo said it was important that children become familiar with ICT at an early age, to enable them to compete on the global market.
“ICT has become a global phenomenon and children who are computer literate at an early stage are likely to have a competitive edge,” she stressed.
It is an undeniable fact that pupils in deprived communities are disadvantaged, compared to their counterparts in the cities and towns, when it came to ICT, Mrs Addo pointed out.
No wonder government has embarked on the distribution of computers to schools, as part of the attempt to achieve quality education.
She entreated both students and teachers to take good care of the centre and expressed the hoped that every resource would be marshaled to ensure the continued and constant maintenance of the computers, to prolong their life span.
Mrs Addo commended WV Ghana and the Samsung staff from Korea, for the gesture.
Rev. Daniel Salifu, Operations Coordinator of WV Ghana who represented the Interim National Director of WV Ghana said, to ensure sustainability of its programmes, WV Ghana had committed itself to the Area Development Programme (ADP) strategy, through which several hundreds of communities had improved their standards of living.
“He said WV Ghana will continue to support the government s’ efforts to develop the country, particularly, the deprived communities.
Mr Siegfried K. Addo, Deputy Director of Ga South Municipal Assembly, pledged the assembly’s support towards the procurement of other equipment and logistics necessary for the enhancement of education in the area.
Mr Cho Yeong Wook, a representative from Samsung Korea, said it was their desire to support people in deprived communities to acquire knowledge and skills in ICT, to help with the development of the country, adding that, the gesture would not end there, “we would do our best to support Ghana in terms of education”.
The Samsung staff, in addition, donated 26 bicycles and education materials to students who trek to school daily.
In a related development, WV Ghana and Samsung staff of Korea has performed a ground breaking ceremony at Akotoshie for the construction of another ICT centre, for the people.
Source: The Ghanaian Times