Education  Ghana Project #13333

Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children

by EIFL
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Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children
Hands-on ICT classes give children new confidence.
Hands-on ICT classes give children new confidence.

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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Pupils watch technicians configure the new laptops
Pupils watch technicians configure the new laptops

Thanks to your donations, poor children in Ho Municipality in Volta Region, Ghana, have seven brand new laptop computers to practice on, and a printer to print out study notes to take home.

Volta Regional Library used funds raised to buy the equipment for their mobile training programme. Now the library has a total of 12 laptops to take to schools, reducing the number of pupils per computer in crowded classes to seven, and giving many more children the opportunity to learn practical keyboard, mouse and computing skills.

Pupils must pass Information and Communication Technology (ICT) exams to progress from basic school to senior school. Zantor, aged 16, was one lucky graduate:

‘The ICT classes organized for us by the Mobile Library Service contributed so much to my success.  I recommend that they acquire more computers so that our juniors can get more practice, and perform better in the exams,’ said Zantor.

Over the past three months, Volta Regional Library’s Mobile Library Service has conducted 19 hands on computer classes at six schools, reaching 306 pupils. With the new computers, they will reach many more.

Thank you again for your interest and support.

Hands on at last!
Hands on at last!
Children at Mawuli Basic School share a laptop
Children at Mawuli Basic School share a laptop

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Guided by their librarian, pupils explore the Web.
Guided by their librarian, pupils explore the Web.

Children at Mawuli Basic School in Ho, Volta Region, had their best Christmas ever after hearing they had passed their computer exams!

Teachers at the school told Volta Regional Library that the results were the best in three years. This year, all the children passed, said Mr Alikem Tamakloe, Regional Library Director.

The library's mobile service travels to schools in underdeveloped parts of Ho Municipality, bringing solar powered laptops and offering hands on computer classes to poor children. Early in the New Year, through your support, the library will buy seven more laptops to give more children hands on computer experience, and a laser printer to print class notes.

The first term of the new school year (2013/14) has been busy. In just two months, the library conducted 25 classes at six schools, reaching 385 eager pupils. Following an evaluation, the library has improved the programme, and is now using a borrowed projector to teach large groups.

‘This has really helped us, because it frees up the librarians and the teachers to work with individuals or with small groups of children who are struggling. We have also introduced competitions, which make the classes more lively,’ said Mr Tamakloe.

To read more about this project’s activities and impact, click here http://www.eifl.net/ghana-library-board-mobile-library-service.

Volta Regional Library's computer class in action.
Volta Regional Library's computer class in action.
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Librarians help pupils to research the internet.
Librarians help pupils to research the internet.

School holidays did not stop eager pupils in underdeveloped parts of Ho Municipality, from attending Volta Regional Library’s mobile computer classes. With your support, the library travels to schools in a mobile library van equipped with solar-charged laptop computers and wi-fi internet so that children can get hands-on computer experience. 

Impressed by the service, community leaders and teachers encouraged pupils to attend the holiday classes. From June to August, the library held 10 classes, reaching a total of 53 pupils in three schools: Klefe Achatime, Taviefe and Ziavi Dzogbe.

Librarians guided the pupils in computer-based research projects focused on local development issues. Pupils, who are mostly from farming families, learnt to research the internet for useful information about the main crops grown in the area –cassava, yam and maize – and about fish-farming. They took the information home to share with their parents.

Meanwhile, pupils are anxiously waiting for the 2013 Basic Education Certificate Examination results, which will tell them how well they have fared in their technology exams and whether they can progress to secondary school.

To read more about this project’s activities and impact, click here http://www.eifl.net/ghana-library-board-mobile-library-service.

Volta library's mobile computer classes arrive!
Volta library's mobile computer classes arrive!
Keen pupils research the internet.
Keen pupils research the internet.
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Keen learners get hands on experience
Keen learners get hands on experience

You support has raised US$5,437, which will buy five more computers and additional solar power to help struggling schoolchildren in Ho, Volta Region, pass their computer exams and progress to secondary school.

‘I can create a shortcut and open an email programme. I also have confidence in moving the mouse.  The books borrowed from the library have improved my reading skills.’ – Ophelia of Klefe Achatime Junior High School.

Your support doubles Volta Regional Library’s capacity to help the children. Until now, the mobile library has been travelling to five schools once a week with only five computers. In just six months (October 2012 to May 2013), and with only five computers, the library –

  • Conducted 105 computer lessons, reaching 215 children and increasing their potential to pass the Basic Education Certificate Exam which determines their eligibility to enter secondary school.
  • Taught 119 pupils how to research the internet and use e-mail. The children are now e-mailing each other and their teachers.
  • Won recognition across the municipality, receiving requests to expand the service to include more schools. 

 ‘In the past, my students did not have the opportunity to relate to computers. Now they can see everything in real terms because they are able to interact with computers.  They are also learning through educational games, and this helps build their skills and talents. Now they can handle computers confidently!’ – Mawuli Amenya, computer teacher at Ziavi Lume Methodist Junior High School told the library.

To read more about this project’s activities and impact from October 2012-May 2013, click here http://www.eifl.net/ghana-library-board-mobile-library-service

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Vilnius, Lithuania

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