ATC Ghana launches new ICT learning centre at Bawku
ATC Ghana’s commitment to digitalization through their project of building Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centres across the country, has led to them to the commissioning of another learning facility. The new Digital ICT Learning centre was commissioned at Aminiya Islamic School at Daduri in the Bawku Municipality.
This will be ATC Ghana’s first project in the entire region of the Upper Esat and is intended to serve both pupils and residents in the town and region at large.
The Digital Community learning centres are unique centres that use the uninterrupted electrical power and internet connectivity from ATC’s tower sites to provide free ICT learning in the communities we serve.
This year alone, ATC Ghana has rolled out a total of four Digital Communities at four different locations namely Bawku in the Upper East Region, Akontombra in the Western North Region, Berekum in the Ahafo Region and Asuom in the Eastern Region.
These four new Digital Communities add up to the six facilities already operating at Jamasi in the Ashanti Region, Savelugu in the Northern Region, Tarkwa in the Western Region, Bawdua in the Eastern Region, Makola in the Greater Accra Region and Battor in the Volta Region.
American Tower Corporation, ATC Ghana’s parent company, is a leading owner and operator of communications sites for the wireless and broadcast industries.
ATC Ghana is the leading tower company in Ghana, and also the largest with over 3,900 communications sites across the country.
During the commissioning of the Bawku Digital centre, the Chief Executive Officer of ATC Ghana Limited, Mr Yahaya Yunusa said ATC’s global solutions include over 214,000 towers, 2,000 managed rooftops, in-building and outdoor DAS (Distributed Antenna System) networks, and a suite of services that speed network deployment.
“Our global sustainability initiatives focus heavily on education, particularly digital literacy, where we support underserved and unserved students, schools and communities by leveraging technology to improve their access to quality education,” he said.
He also said their prestige project, Digital Communities, is a flagship digital inclusion program. ATC will be providing fully equipped and modernized ICT educational centres throughout the country in order to create digitally-empowered communities where indigens can learn without barriers.
He said this vision has been made possible with help from their partnering companies; Africa ICT Right and Ghana Code Club. Their common vision is to provide ICT skills and entrepreneurial training to the youth to equip them with the requisite skill-sets to broaden their career prospects in an increasingly connected and interconnected world, either by increasing their employability or though entrepreneurship.
Mr Yunusa said their Digital Communities project is also in line with the Government of Ghana’s vision to digitalise all aspects of the Ghanaian economy under its Digital Ghana Agenda programme.
“We, at ATC Ghana, are proud to play a role in supporting Government’s vision of an inclusive digital economy while encouraging the aspirations of the many brilliant young people across the length and breadth of this country,” Mr Yunusa said.
“At ATC Ghana, we believe that supporting education by leveraging on technology as part of our sustainability goals is the right thing to do and we take great pride in how our organization demonstrates its commitment to the communities where we operate.
“We know that the Digital Communities are truly a great way of giving back to our society and thank you all once again for your generous support and contributions toward this launch here in this community.”
Madam Letitia Asiedu-Attafuah, Head of Human Resources, ATC Tower Ghana, said as a technology-focused Company, ATC Ghana is very invested in ensuring equal access to quality ICT education for everyone, with the focus being on the younger generation.
Mr Abubakar Iddrisu Bawa, Presiding Member, Bawku Municipal Assembly, said the Facility was not only for the benefit of the pupils, and that the teachers would equally use it to upgrade their ICT knowledge.
The Bawku Municipal Director of Education,Mr Azariya Ayariga, in a speech read on his behalf, urged the staff to ensure proper maintenance of the Facility.
Naba Yussif, Seid Nab, who chaired the function, expressed gratitude to ATC Ghana for the kind gesture.