“We want to thank you for giving us this opportunity to be part of the world!” says Pius Akuta, computer teacher at Yakoti Junior High School.
Yakoti is one of 15 schools in three regions of Ghana that have just been selected to take part in EIFL's Hands on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children project.
We are delighted to report that we have consolidated agreements with the Ghana Library Authority and the Ghana-based technology agency, TechAide. With our partners, we have identified the three regions where we will implement the project in 15 rural schools: Ashanti, Western and Upper East regions.
With your support, when the new school starts in September, three regional mobile library vans will launch their programme of regular school visits. The mobile libraries will bring solar-powered laptops and wi-fi internet to the schools. Working with teachers, librarians will teach the children practical ICT skills, helping them pass their exams and improving their chances in life.
Regional directors of education have welcomed the project, and children and teachers are eagerly awaiting the big day.
“When I heard that my school was to be one of the selected ones, that gave us great joy,” said James Tenga, headmaster of Yakoti Junior High School in Upper East Region.
For many children, this will be their first experience of computers.
“This project is going to improve ICT learning. It will ease the burden of our teachers, and for the children who are struggling to comprehend computers in the abstract,” said Mr Tenga.
We are delighted to announce that we have received a donation from the technology company, Nokia, to enable us to scale up our project to reach 1,800 children in three more regions of Ghana.
We started working with just 450 children attending rural schools in Volta Region. In 2014 your support through GlobalGiving helped 212 children to pass their computer exams, opening the doors to secondary school and improving the children’s chances in life.
This achievement led Nokia to select our project for presentation at a fundraising event held in Berlin in November 2014, to demonstrate Nokia’s commitment to technology that meets real human need. .
The Nokia grant enables EIFL to extend the project to three more regions of Ghana, where public libraries will reach over 1,000 more children. We will also continue our commitment to children in Volta Region, by providing Volta Regional Library with additional computers.
“Our experience with Volta Regional Library has shown that libraries can offer a cost-effective and sustainable model for providing access to technology and improving education in rural schools. We thank Nokia and GlobalGiving UK for their confidence in our programme, and welcome the opportunity to expand the project to three more regions in Ghana.
“We also again thank the many individual EIFL supporters and partners who supported the ‘Hands on Computer Classes For 450 Ghana Children’ project,” said EIFL Director, Rima Kupryte.
During the last week of February 2015, EIFL staff visited Ghana to meet with major stakeholders. The meetings have built a strong platform to take forward our expanded project, which is named Hands On Computer Classes for 1,800 Ghana Children.
“You have opened the doors to learning, and Ghana’s children in three more regions will not be left behind in this digital era," said Kwaku Ofosu-Tenkorang, Executive Director, Ghana Library Authority.
“From everyone at the library, the teachers and most of all, the children, thank you to everyone who has supported us. Please accept our best wishes for the festive period and the New Year.” – Alikem Tamakloe, head of Volta Regional Library.
With your support, 212 children have passed their exams, opening opportunities to progress to secondary school and to brighter futures for them and their families.
The children attend junior schools in under-developed parts of Ho municipality in Ghana. The schools are extremely poorly resourced: some have no electricity; none have computers or internet connections.
Your support enables Volta Regional Library to travel to the schools in a van equipped with solar power, laptop computers and wi-fi internet, and to offer struggling children hands-on computer classes.
Exam results for 2014 show what a difference the library’s classes are making: at Mawuli Junior High School 84% of students passed their computer exams; at Ziave Dzogbe Junior High School, 39% passed (up from just 6% in 2013); at Klefe Achatime school which took the exam for the first time, 39% of students passed.
“There is still a long way to go, but it is thanks to the library that we are improving. The students were very excited to be able to answer the exam questions,” said ICT teacher, Charles Kloklo.
The library’s mobile classes are in high demand. In the 2013/14 school year the library’s itinerary included five schools and just over 600 pupils. Now the library regularly visits 10 schools, reaching 1,400 pupils.
“The children are always very enthusiastic seeing the library vehicle in their schools. We are struggling to keep up with demand, and the pressure on the computers is increasing. But we know that with support in the New Year we will have more computers to give more children a better chance in life,” said Mr Tamakloe.
Volta Regional librarians in Ho Municipality have had a busy three months. In just 12 weeks from July to September, the mobile library van, equipped with solar panels, laptop computers and wireless internet, travelled to five schools a total of 32 times, teaching 648 children (306 boys and 342 girls) essential computer skills.
When the school holidays began on July 25th, librarians breathed a sigh of relief. But at two shools, children were keen to carry on, and so librarians found themselves on the road again, teaching holiday classes.
The library takes the laptop computers to schools in under-developed parts of Ho Municipality in Ghana's Volta Region. The schools are seriously under-resourced. They do not have computers or intnernet connections, and electricity supply is unreliable.
With your donations through GlobalGiving, the library has bought seven more laptop computers, reducing the child to computer ratio in each class. "We were able to offer the children the opportunity to practice, in term time and during the holidays. This was made possible with the additional computers provided by the GlobalGiving Funds. We cannot thank you enough for your support," said Mr Alikem Tamakloe, Regional Librarian.
Once again, librarians focused on the children's exam needs. Key topics taught were Computer Essentials (understanding hardware and software); MS Word; MS Excel and Online Essentials (internet research and communication).
The seven new laptop computers bought with your support have given over 100 Ghanaian children new confidence and hope as they sit for their Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), which determine entry to secondary school.
Each week, Volta Regional Library in Ho Municipality travels to six junior high schools in a van equipped with solar-charged laptops to give children hands on experience of computers and the internet. During 31 school visits reaching 308 children over the past three months, the library paid special attention to children facing the BECE this month (June).
“We hope to come out with good grades during the exams. I can now match my friends who go to private schools in Ho, who are more endowed,” said Kafui.
“I have learnt so much during the Library’s ICT classes since last year, because we had a lot of practice on the computers brought to the school. When more computers are added to the current number I hope the next generation of students will perform wonders,” said Bridget.
Both children study at Klefe Achatime MA Junior High School, where 105 children (42 boys and 63 girls) take part in the library’s mobile computer classes. Lessons include basic computer and keyboard practice, Word and Excel, and internet skills. Over the last month, librarians organized exam preparedness tests for BECE students, rewarding good performance prizes like pencils, pens and notebooks.
“We thank God for the lives of all those who donated to the cause of our project through the GlobalGiving platform. You have not only donated the money that bought more computers for the project, but have made the library more visible and transformed the lives of our learners. We are forever grateful,” said Mr Alikem Tamakloe, Regional Librarian.
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