With an ever changing world and economy which requires one to have knowledge in digital and soft skills, Grow Ghana seeks to empower, engage and orient students for a digital future. Having built a newly furnished IT lab with your help, we want to reach out to more students in rural Ghana. We plan to use the newly built IT lab for coding workshops and also engage in mobile training by taking our Raspberry Pi project to schools and giving students the opportunity to experience the art of coding.
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 newly built IT Lab will provide 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.