NGO supports ICT training in Ghana

Young at Heart Ghana, a volunteer group, seeking to empower children in rural communities with critical digital literacy and utilisation skills, has launched a programme to reach out to Asiafo Amanfrom community in the Yilo Krobo district.

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The group aims at training children in basic Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills.

Computer laboratory
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Young At Heart Ghana, is made up of young graduates from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Ghana, University of Cape-Coast, All Nations University and the Koforidua Polytechnic as volunteers who have come together to train children in deprived areas in basic ICT skills and utilization, free of charge and with their own resources.

In collaboration with the Akaa project, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Young at heart volunteers, would train teachers to teach their pupils in the community on ICT to enable them make use of a community ICT and library centre opened for use recently.

According to Ms Josephine Marie Godwyl, Founder and National Coordinator of Young At Heart Ghana, in an interview with GNA, the Asiafo Amanfrom community has been chosen because of the deprived nature and the location of the community ICT centre to facilitate their training.

She said the two-week intensive community outreach programme would involve about 20 volunteers from the Group and would focus on training teachers in the community to be able to teach the children ICT and then build relevant contents for the training of the children.

Young At Heart Ghana was founded two years ago by Ms Godwyl and her friends and has so far empowered more than 2,500 children in deprived communities in Ashanti, Central, Eastern and Greater Accra Regions with basic ICT literacy and utilisation skills.

The efforts of these young volunteers have made massive impact and improvement in test scores and the general appreciation of ICT as a subject in various schools.

For instance at St Monica Anglican Basic School in Bonwire, students recorded an improvement from a 70 per cent pass rate to a 100 per cent pass rate after a term of running weekly practical modules on basic ICT skills.
As part of their effort, Young At Heart Ghana has set up two ICT hubs from their own resources at Aboabogya at Atwima Mponua in the Ashanti Region and a community in Koforidua to help children to have access to computers for practical’s after they had left.

This year the organisation has expanded to include modules that target children in urban areas as well as those in rural communities upon noticing the general under utility of digital platforms to trigger creativity among Ghanaian children.

In addition to running Digital Innovators Clubs (DiggieClubs) in schools, Young At Heart Ghana has so far organised Digital Fairs partnering with organisations like the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation, Osramba Artworld and Origma Tech and Tigo Ghana.

Monsignor Bobby Benson, Founder and Director of the Mathew 25 House, commended the young graduates for their initiative to support deprived communities with their own resources and called on philanthropic organisations to support the noble cause.

Caption: Some of the volunteers helping some Children test the Ananse Teacher Software.

By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA

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