Children and teachers at launch of information technology centre in Ghana

Volunteers of Patriots Ghana Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and Young At Heart Ghana embarked on a whole day outreach to Abuabugya in the Atiwa Mponua District.

The purpose of the outreach was to commission their first ICT (information and communications technology) centre in the District and for a “Christmas Jamboree”. The volunteers were received by the Chiefs of the beneficiary communities, representatives of the District Assembly, PTA executives, headmasters, teachers and children from four out of the seven communities that will benefit from the project.

At the beginning of the series of events, all present stood up to sing the national anthem and afterwards there was a practical quiz competition in ICT between the participating schools.

This was another form of evaluation and all the contestants were awarded prizes for their impressive performance. Other activities for the day included typing competitions, face painting, spelling and dancing competitions, reciting of poems and more.

The major activity of the day was the commissioning of the new ICT centre by the leaders of the community, the co-ordinator for Young at Heart Ghana, Ms. Josephine Marie Godwyll, and the president of Patriot Ghana KNUST, and me (pictured below).

The community and school leaders, together with both organisations, have drawn up a timetable to ensure efficient use of the facility by all the nearby communities and also for regular monitoring and evaluation. Various activities of the project will be geared towards ensuring that school children are equipped with ICT resources, skills and knowledge and have access to global information.