OAMLP equips JHS students with ICT skills

By
Kwabia Owusu-Mensah, GNA

Kumasi, Aug. 14, GNA
– Five-hundred and sixty pupils from selected Junior High Schools including
school leavers in the Kumasi Metropolis, are benefitting from a one-month free
training in Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

The training is an
initiative of the Otumfuo-Agroecom Mobile Library Project (OAMLP) aimed at
meaningfully occupying the beneficiaries during the long-vacation to prevent
them from loitering.

It is also to equip
them with practical skills for the ICT lessons they had in school, but did not
have the opportunity to learn the practical aspect due to either lack of
computers or ample time.

Agroecom Ghana Ltd,
a leading licensed cocoa buying company, in June 2017, signed an MOU and
presented a cheque for an amount of GH¢1.4 million to the Otumfuo Charity
Foundation at the Manhyia palace in Kumasi.

It is meant to
support the operations of the Otumfuo Mobile Library project for four years.

The amount also
covers the payment of allowances of 30 staff of the Otumfuo Charity Foundation
during the four year project period, whiles also aiding the procurement of a
pickup, a cargo van, 60 laptops, a generator, two projectors and screens, a
video camera.

The collaborative
project is also linked at enhancing the teaching and learning facilities in
cocoa growing communities to deepen the pupils’ enlightenment on cocoa farming
to help preserve their knowledge of the glorious history of the Asante kingdom.

Agroecom Ghana Ltd
since its operations from 2013, has invested close to $ 40 million to provide
clean drinking water, better school facilities and health care to improve the
living conditions of people in rural communities where cocoa is produced

Mr Seth Hammond,
Administrative Manager of Agroecom, told the Ghana News Agency that the private
sector’s role in the development and promotion of education was crucial in
national development.

Topics to be treated
include Microsoft office, excel, internet issues and others which are relevant
to their studies and level of education.

He said as part of
its corporate social responsibility, Agroecom Ghana has been supporting various
communities with projects like water systems, health facilities and equipment,
school projects and supplies as well as other development initiatives,
especially to deprived communities.

Mr Hammond urged the
students to take advantage of the opportunity to enhance their understanding of
ICT.

Dr Thomas
Agyarku-Poku, Executive Director of the Otumfuo Charity Foundation, lauded
Agroecom Ghana for the support which, he said would go a long way to enhance
the nation’s education.

He said since the
inception of the Otumfuo mobile library project, children in parts of Ashanti,
Bono, Ahafo and Bono East and parts of the Volta regions have benefitted from
ICT training.

The focus was to
improve learning conditions of children by providing basic academic resources
such as reading books and computer lessons (ICT) to pupils in primary, junior
and senior high schools.

Dr Agyarku-Poku
urged teachers to take advantage of the opportunity to train themselves in
computer skills to improve delivery in classrooms.

GNA

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