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Digital ICT Learning Centre launched at Asuom

AmericanTower Corporation (ATC) Ghana has launched an ultra modern digital Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at Asuom in the Kwaebibiriem Municipality of the Eastern Region.

The pupils and members of the Parents and Teachers’ Association (PTA) Asuom Presbyterian Basic School expressed their joy and profound gratitude for having access to a computer for the first time in their lives.

The new ultra modern Digital Community facility at Asuom will serve both pupils and members of the community.

American Tower Corporation, ATC Ghana’s parent company, is a leading owner and operator of communications sites for the wireless and broadcast industries.

Mr Yahaya Yunusa, Chief Executive Officer, ATC Ghana Limited, spoke at the launch said; ATC Ghana was the leading tower company in Ghana, and also the largest with over 3,900 communications sites across the country.

“Through our Digital Communities, which is our flagship digital inclusion programme, we are deploying fully equipped ICT Education Centres throughout Ghana to create digitally empowered communities where users can learn without barriers.”

He explained that Digital Communities are learning centres that use the uninterrupted electrical power and internet connectivity from ATC’s tower sites to provide free ICT learning in the communities they serve.

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Mr Yunusa said ATC Ghana had partnered with Africa ICT Right and Ghana Code Club, to provide digital skills and entrepreneurial training  to the youth in the country. This is to equip them with the right and necessary skills to broaden their career prospects in this increasingly interconnected global village. This they hope to achieve either by increasing their employability or through entrepreneurship.

Mr Yunusa also mentioned that the Digital Communities projects are in line with the Government of Ghana’s vision to digitalise all aspects of the Ghanaian economy under its Digital Ghana Agenda.

He said ATC Ghana was proud to play a role in supporting the 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.

In light of their aim and the role they play in supporting the economy, ATC Ghana will be rolling out Digital Communities at four locations in 2021; namely Asuom in the Eastern, Berekum in the Bono, Bawku in the Upper East and Akontombra in the Western North Regions.

He said the four new Digital Communities would add up to the six facilities already operating at Jamasi, Savelugu, Tarkwa, Bawdua, Makola and Battor.

“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,” he said.

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“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.

“We look forward to sharing the numerous success stories that we believe will come out of Asuom in the very near future as a result of the learnings from this Digital Communities initiative.”

Mr Stallone Nyarko, an aide to Madam Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitalization, reiterated efforts by the Government to ensure that no part of the country was left out in the digital agenda.

Mr Seth Antwi-Boasiako, Kwaebibiriem Municipal Chief Executive, urged the School’s Authority to make sure that the ICT Centre was maintained properly.

Madam Letitia Asiedu-Attafuah who is the Head of Human Resources for ATC Tower Ghana also said; the ICT Centre represents their ongoing commitment as a company to be a responsible corporate citizen of this great country.

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Reverend Dr Benard Kofi Adinkrah, Presbytery Clerk of Akyem Abuakwa Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, said the Church believed in education and for that matter they were so thankful that a project of this nature was being sited on their land.

Mr Emmanuel Justice Nkrumah, Head of Human Resource Unit of the Education Directorate of the Kwaebibiriem Municipality said the outfit would ensure that the ICT Centre was put to an effective use for the benefit of the School and the Community.

Nana Ohemeng Nimako, Nifahene of Asuom, who chaired the launch, expressed gratitude to ATC Ghana for the laudable Project.

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