Soronko Academy

MTN Foundation in collaboration with Soronko Academy, an ICT training school has taken a giant step by empowering 40 students of Tetteh Ocloo School for the Deaf in Coding and Computer Programming.

The project will go a long way to help reduce the high rate of unemployment among Persons With Disability and also enhance their economic livelihood.

Through this initiative, the beneficiaries will also stand tall to contribute their quota to national development.

The students were taken through hands on development of web applications, how to tell a story through blogs and videos, and build network among them. And how to monetize on their apps and ideas with ecommerce.

Speaking at the Innovation and Coding training, the Acting Corporate Services Executive Mrs. Georgina Asare Fiagbenu, noted that the project is of great importance to MTN since it seeks to empower Persons with Disability. Aside that, today’s activity happens to be one of the events marking the Foundation’s 10th anniversary.

“As an organization with a vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers, MTN seeks applications development and ICT as tools to help eradicate poverty, create wealth and enhance the development of the country,” she said.

According to her, ICT is creating jobs for both the old and young in the formal and informal sectors, and providing economic opportunities to urban and rural populations.
This she said, creating opportunities for the physically challenged Persons to become self-reliant has been of keen interest to the Foundation and as a result we have implemented some few initiatives which aims at empowering persons living with disability.

“The MTN Ghana Foundation is sponsoring 20 students of Theresa’s Vocational Institute at Akatsi for three years. In 2012 MTN Foundation launched the Alternative Livelihood project in Koforidua which saw us provide 150 MTN motorized customized tricycles for physically challenged persons in high traffic locations across the country,” she disclosed.

Since the inception of the MTN Ghana Foundation in 2007, the Foundation has invested over USD13 million into impacting lives with brightening projects across the country. The Foundation has directly impacted over four million Ghanaians with 142 projects in the area of education, health and economic empowerment across all the ten regions.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Soronko Academy, Mrs. Regina Honu, said their outfit runs a mentorship programme to teach children from six to 18 years, including Persons with Disability to code and create technology, and was optimistic the course would help them get jobs and become economically independent.

According to her, Soronko Academy is the first holding and human centered design school in West Africa. It provides education for children between the ages of five and 18 to enable them code, build websites, develop mobile applications, software applications, and also teach them human centered designs which has to do with critical thinking and problem solving. The Academy has since, trained about 4500 students across the country.

The Assistant Headmaster of the School, Mr. Cephas Kumah commended the organizers for supporting the initiative and appealed to MTN Ghana Foundation to further assist the school with internet access to enable effective monitoring.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/Newsghana.com.gh

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