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24.06.2006 Education

Fifty-five JSS are to compete in ICT quiz competition

By GNA
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Fifty-five Junior Secondary Schools (JSS) in Kumasi are to compete in an Information Communication Technology (ICT) quiz competition slated for October this year.

The competition, which is being organized by the Elden Software Incorporated in Kumasi in collaboration with the Metropolitan Education Directorate, is to intensify the promotion of computer education in the country.

It is also to generate employment for people and also pave the way for people to share their views, experience and problem solving in ICT.

Mr Dennis Antwi, Chief Executive Officer of the company, said the vision of the company was to bring quality computer education to the people in the Ashanti Region and Ghana as a whole through ICT training in the form of seminars, workshops and quiz programmes.

"Through that, we hope to identify, design and manage high quality ICT strategies for schools and to fully utilize ICT to its fullest potential for the good of the country", he said.

Mr Antwi unveiled the company's website developed in support of the ICT quiz competition and stressed that ICT education has come to stay and undoubtedly contribute to the success of professional workers.

Mr Michael A. Appiah, Ashanti Regional Chairman of the Ghana National Association of Private Schools (GNAPS), observed that ICT was playing a unique role in the socio-economic development of society.

He said there was therefore the need for all and sundry to embrace the study of computers to become not only computer literates.

Mr Appiah commended the company for its efforts to assist schools and colleges on the development of the ICT and hoped other organizations and companies would give it the needed support and co-operation.

Mr Paul Yaw Asante, Kumasi Metropolitan Quiz Competition Co-ordinator, said the importance of computer literacy programme could not be over-emphasised, adding that, ICT education had become the "heart beat" of the government.

He emphasized that ICT education kept students with the knowledge and understanding of basic components of the computer and offer employment opportunity to people.

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