Tongo (UE), Feb. 22, (GNA – School children from Gbeogo-Yinduure Circuit in the Talensi- Nabdam District of the Upper East Region, have commended Mr and Mrs Bill Lerach for building Information Communication Centre (ICT) for the area.

They (couple) are citizens of California San Diego in the United States.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) at the ICT Centre on Wednesday, the students expressed gratitude to the couple for providing the centre and furnishing it with computers, printers, air conditioners, a projector among other things.

The Centre was made possible in June last year through the effort of the Chairman of “Peal Deng”, Mr. Alphones Daniel Kennedy Bangrey.

Peal Deng is a Community Based Organization (CBO) that has been operating in the District since 2003 and has been empowering the marginalised and underprivileged in the District.

Master Stephen Namsore, a form two student of Saint Joseph’s Junior High said until the opening of the ICT Centre, most of them had not seen computers. They learned ICT theoretically, he said.

He and his friends are now appreciating ICT topics like Hardware, Software, Microsoft Word, and the internet.

“I can now correspond with many of my friends both in Ghana and outside through the learning of ICT acquired from the Bill and Michelle Lerach ICT Centre”.

Ms Mercy Naab, another form two student said, “they used to teach us Microsoft Word and we did not understand but now we understand because of the physical presence of the computers. I can also create new documents on desk tops and also know the features of computers such as the mouse, the screen, keyboard, monitor, speaker and system unit among others”.

Mr Martin King Atinga and Mr Enoch Appiah both ICT masters at the Centre, said hitherto, it was very difficult teaching the students to learn and to write ICT which was examinable subject at the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).

They said but with the ICT centre the students could now catch up the subject very fast and expressed optimism that they would perform excellently in the
forthcoming BECE and subsequent ones.

Mr Atinga said the students now had better chances of getting jobs in future if they take the study of ICT up to the senior high and tertiary levels, adding all jobs today required ICT knowledge and skills.

The Headmaster of the Saint Joseph’s Junior High School, Mr Robert Atia commending the couple for the facility, appealed for more support in the area of Internet connection to enable the students to adequately make use of the centre and benefit fully.

According to him, there were about 10 schools from the Gbeogo-Yinduure Circuit in the District including five primary schools that patronized the ICT centre on a shift basis.

He mentioned some of the challenges confronting the centre as maintenance and replacement of ICT equipment and the need for more computers to enable most of the students and community members in the District to benefit.

The Head teacher of the Saint Joseph Primary School, Mr John Nabia also commended the couple for the provision of furniture to the primary classrooms and said the pupils no longer lay on their bellies to write.

He, however, appealed for a better structure for the school pupils. The current structure is weak.

He also appealed for the creation of a playing ground with facilities for the school pupils.

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