The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), in line with its determination to mainstream Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool for Ghana's development has distributed 315 computers and its accessories to 21 Basic, Secondary and Tertiary institutions in the Western Region.
They include UPS, Projectors, Printers and Scanners.
The presentation which was done in collaboration with the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah, gave 15 sets of computers with its accessories to each of the 21 beneficiary schools including Holy Child College of Education, Rev. Grant Methodist, Airforce Complex, Bishop Essuah, West Ridge, Badu Addo Basic School, Kwesimintsim Methodist, Badu Bonsu and others.
The Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko Mensah handing over the set of computers at different ceremonies in Takoradi urged students to make government's investment in ICT equipment count for the overall attainment of development through ICT.
“The Girls In ICT project which was recently rolled out gave us the understanding that when you educate a girl-child in ICT, then you are educating a nation. Today, without ICT, nothing happens, whether it is the passport, your school ID card or your studies. All the big economies in the world are all ICT enabled and therefore, as a government we believe that educating girls in ICT is key in developing our country. The presentation today is in fulfilment of government's promise to equip all schools that excelled in the Girls in ICT Project competition, hence GIFEC which is a state agency is supporting with these computers for the teaching and learning of ICT. In fact, we want to carry all Ghanaian children along with the ICT trial. When you learn well, it will pay well. So urge all of you to take your studies especially ICT serious,” he said.
The Western Regional Zonal Manager for GIFEC, Selorm Dzokoto said a team of IT experts will later visit each school for the installation.
He also told Citi News that the presentation of the computers and its accessories also fall within GIFEC's school connectivity project.
“The presentation which is a follow-up to the Girls In ICT project is expected to enable the girls to make good use of the computers to enhance their coding skills into becoming good programmers in the future.”
On his part, the Metro Education Director said the presentation of the computers would immensely aid the teaching of ICT in the school. She emphasized that it through the effort of the girl-child that the whole school was receiving the computers, hence would make sure more girls acquire ICT skills through the computers.