The project will build and run an IT Lab for a selected partner school in rural Ghana. With a daily, structured training program on IT basics and playful coding, 100 pupils per year (aged 14-18) will be empowered for qualified jobs. This initial project works as a pilot for a roll-out accross Ghana.
Most students in rural schools in Ghana do not have any access to computers and the internet - neither at schools nor at their homes. IT lessons are being taught theoretically on the chalkboard without any access to practical application. Furthermore, this is a missed chance to develop talents in critical thinking and structured problem-solving at young age. This lack of experience and skills prohibits underprivileged pupils to get a qualified job after graduation.
The IT Lab provides the students free access to computers. The students will get a structured, bi-weekly training after school on elementary IT skills, the internet usage and basic coding. The program develops job relevant skills like analytical thinking, teamwork and self-organization. The students will receive a practically taught pre-qualification for a formal job. By establishing a train-the-trainer approach, the sustainability and scalability of the project will be ensured.
In the beginning, the project will empower 100 students per year with job-relevant IT- and Soft Skills. In the long-term, it is inspired to build IT Labs across Ghana based on the project's standardized concept. This approach will increase the pupil's chances to get a qualified job, building a successful career and compete on the global job market. This enables the students to exit the circle of informal labour and create themselves a positive impact on the society in Ghana.