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12.11.2008 Education

US Based Firm Supports Walewale Senior High School

By Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Walewale -

A computer firm, CISCO System Company based in the United States of America, has donated a satellite dish, 40 computers and accessories valued at over 100,000 dollars, to the Walewale Senior High School in the Northern Region.

The company, in collaboration with its local partner-Glomore Motors Limited, also provided the school with internet facilities at their own cost.

Making the presentation, the Operations Manager of Glomore Motors, Mr Nico Pretorius, said the donation formed part of CISCO company's policy to improve on students academic performance in computer literacy in deprived communities in Africa.

He said “ICT knowledge is the driving force in this global village and there is therefore the need to up-date students' knowledge in computer”.

He pledged the company's readiness to continue to assist the school but with the assurance that the facilities would be put to good use.

Mr Daniel Ashitey of the NEPAD E-School project, urged the management of the school to make judicious use of the computers and to cultivate the maintenance culture to prolong their life-span.

The headmaster, Jimah Attah, commended the company and its local partner for the gesture and pledged to ensure that the students would make judicious use of the computers to broaden their knowledge in information and communications technology.

“Posterity would never forgive us if we allow this computer laboratory to go waste,” he cautioned.

Mr Attah, however, appealed to the government to provide the school with adequate resources to maintain the computers and cater for the internet subscription charges.

“The school's scarce resources cannot cater for payment of the electricity bills, and that it was important for the government to absorb the bills,” he lamented.