Exam revision using the laptops.
Children, their parents, teachers and headmasters are overjoyed with the exam results achieved with the help of the Hands-on Computer Classes project. So are the regional public librarians who travelled hundreds of kilometers on rough and dusty roads every week to offer thousands of children practical computer and internet classes.
The project has contributed to a remarkable 20% average increase in the information and communications technology (ICT) exam pass rate at 25 under-resourced schools in four regions of Ghana (Ashanti, Western, Upper East and Volta).
With your support, EIFL was able to equip library vans with laptop computers and modem internet, projectors, screens and solar panels to charge the equipment. The equipment was used in practical computer classes and for study in other subjects, like English and mathematics.
To watch EIFL’s video about the project, click here: http://bit.ly/2m7gMQC
The project has more than succeeded in its aim of helping children attending schools that do not have computers, internet connections or electricity to pass their ICT exams:
- In less than a year the project taught 3,800 children in grades 1, 2 and 3 at the 25 schools to use computers and the internet. This is more than double the number of children the libraries originally planned to reach.
- The hands-on classes increased the 2016 ICT exam pass rate to 65% - that is 20% more than in 2015.
- The hands-on classes helped over 700 children in Grade 3 to pass ICT in the Basic Education Certificate Exam - the exam that determines progress to secondary school.
Esther, who dreams of being a television news presenter when she leaves school, and her friend Herbert, who wants to be a doctor, are two of the lucky children who passed the ICT exam. “The computers and internet helped me pass the ICT exam, and other subjects,” said Esther. “The computers are going to help me do research on diseases and how to solve them,” said Herbert.
Thanks to your support, Esther and Herbert are now proud secondary school students - and one step closer to achieving their dreams.
Esther - now a proud secondary school student!
Herbert - one step closer to achieving his dream!
The library reaches a school in Ashanti region.