New ICT laboratory commissioned for Sefwi-Waiwso SHS
The Minister of Communication and Digitalisation, Mrs Ursula Owusu-Efful, commissioned a fully furnished modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory for students in Sefwi Waiso Senior High School in the Wiaso Municipality of the Western North Region.
The newly commissioned laboratory which came with 40 new desktop computers with accessories, was made possible by the help of the Ghana Investments for Electronic Communication (GIFEC).
GIFEC aims at providing ICT opportunities to the less deprived in rural areas and to bridge the digital gap in the country.
The Minister, through the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project, also inspected a telephone mast at Abrabra Nkyonya and commissioned another, which has been completed at Mile Three, a farming community in the Waiwso Municipality.
The Minister, in partnership with the Ghana Rural Telephony and Digital Inclusion Project, also saw a telephone mast at Abrabra Nkonya and commissioned a newly completed one at Mile Three, a farming community within the Waiso Municipality.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful spoke on behalf of the government and indicated that, it was committed to equipping the youth of the country with the skills they needed to succeed in life, considering the current global technological revolutions.
She said in the digital world, technology plays a vital role hence the need for all to be ICT literates.
Mrs Owusu-Ekuful,who also doubles as the the Ablekuma West Member of Parliament, commended her fellow colleague Dr Kwaku Afriyie, the MP for the area, and other prominent indigenes of Waiwso for their role in making the project a reality.
She advised the students to make good use of the the laboratory, especially for research, in order to be abreast of current technological advancements.
The government, she noted is committed to providing students with the right skills, devices and training to compete favourably with their peers in other countries with far more technological advancements.
The Minister further entreated the students to take advantage of opportunities provided by the government, teachers and parents to improve on their studies in general and ICT in particular.
Mr Prince Ofosu-Sefah, the Administrator of GIFEC, made mention that the importance ICT in development could not be over-emphasised and heaped praises on His Excellency President Nana Akufo-Addo for ensuring that school children of all categories acquire the relevant skills to make them fully functional.
Mr Sefah said GIFEC will be facilitating teaching and learning of ICT in basic and senior high schools through the deployment of ICT equipment and internet facilities.
“We are doing this with the school connectivity project, through which desktops, printers and scanners are being provided for over 1,020 schools across the country.”
Mr Sefah indicated that in total 26 Basic and Senior High schools have benefited from the project in the Western North Region and over 7000 persons, including teachers, students, artisans, head porters and identifiable women groups had been trained in basic ICT skills in the region.
Mr Benjamin Ballow, the Assistant Headmaster of the School, said the school was established in 1961 and currently holds a student population of 1,877, with 79 teaching and 39 non-teaching staff.
He expressed gratitude to the Government and prayed it continued to assist the School to cater for the increasing enrolment due to the Free Senior High School Policy.
Mr Ballow said the school offers ICT as an elective subject and was confident the facility would help teaching and learning of the subject and called on other organisations for support.