NGO provides 3 communities with ICT Centers
The Helping Africa Foundation provided three communities with ultramodern ICT centres to help promote the teaching and learning of ICT.
This is under the Foundations flagship program, the Yamoransa Model Labs Program.
Asare Bediako SHS in Akrokerri in the Ashanti Region, the Bomaa community in the Ahafo Region, and Tuobodom community in the Bono East Region of Ghana were the benefitting communities in their respective regions.
The projects brought to completion a 48-seater educational lab (known as EDULab) and is being powered by an Asanka device that enables students to access educational materials without the internet.
The labs were built by TECHAiDE, a Ghanaian technology company working in Africa for over a decade using ICTs to improve Education, support Youth Development, and facilitate Health Delivery.
Kafui Prebbie who doubles as the project manager & CEO of TECHAiDE, spoke at the dedication ceremony of the projects in their respective communities and made mention of the fact that the facilities in Bomaa and Tuobodam are powered by solar as part of the sustainable model of the projects.
“The computers installed in these facilities are of low voltage. This means they consume only 10% of the power used by the everyday computer and this is to ensure that the communities are not burdened with utility bills and no student is to be charged for using the facility” he remarked.
The Second Deputy Speaker of Parliament and MP for Fomena Adansi, Mr Andrew Amoako Asiamah was at the dedication ceremony of the center in Akrokerri which is dubbed YM Lab 3.1, and assured the Asare Bediako Senior High school that he will adopt the school and develop it to be one of the most privileged schools in the Region.
He also encouraged teachers and students to make good use of and properly maintain the facilities provided by the Helping Africa Foundation.
Executive Director of the Helping Africa Foundation, Japhet Aryiku stated that the vision of the Foundation is to equip every Ghanaian school-going child with the skills needed to be globally competitive.
“The vision of the HAF is to bring quality and accessible education to all Ghanaian children to ensure they acquire the right skills in order to be competitive in the global market regardless of the location” – Mr Aryiku said.
He further added that these new 3 labs bring to a total of 10 labs out of the 16 labs HAF intends to build in all 16 regions of Ghana.
At Bomaa in the Tano North Municipality, the Municipal Chief Executive, Ernest Kwarteng told the community to handle the facility with care and ensure that it is properly maintained and well cared for.
In a related development, the Promoter of the Yamoransa Model Lab 10, Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, MP for Techiman North at the dedication ceremony in Tuobodom expressed her gratitude to the Helping Africa Foundation for their sterling intervention in providing the community with such a facility.
According to her, the facility puts Techiman North ahead of the government’s plan to introduce Robotics and Coding into the Ghanaian educational curriculum.
“Robotic education creates an environment that embraces people with varied talents. It promotes creative thinking, strategic thinking, logical reasoning, computational and analytical skills, which are undeniably essential skills required from the 21st-century citizen in this competitive globe.”
The Yamoransa Model Labs is an initiative started by the Helping Africa Foundation and is aimed at providing opportunities for students to expand their knowledge in STEM education through practical experience.
The model is a partnership between HAF, the District Assemblies, and the District Education Directorate.
It is managed by Implementers, a project management non-profit organization that partners with charitable organizations, philanthropists, and corporate institutions to positively impact communities.h
Implementers will manage these projects for the next two years before handing it over to the local authorities through a sustainable plan.