General News of Wednesday, 28 May 2008

Source: GNA

Intel to launch online education tool for Ghana

Accra, May 28, GNA - Intel Corporation, the world leader in silicon innovation, is to launch skoool.com for Ghana, a groundbreaking educational tool that will offer students and teachers the best online education tools available worldwide.

The skoool.com.gh, the new portal, will provide mathematics and science modules which have been tailored to suit the new Ghana Education Service Curriculum.

A statement from Intel Corporation ahead of the launch of the portal at the ongoing e-learning Africa conference being held in Accra said through the skooolT.com offering, Intel hoped to work with local companies to provide localised science and math content for secondary students. Intel is not new in Ghana. The company recently set up two projects in the country - Africa's first WiMAX connected school and the iAdvance digital inclusion initiative.

The selected school for the pilot project, Accra Girls Secondary School, was set up with a full e-Learning centre, hardware, software, Internet connectivity and teacher training.

WiMAX technology is now used to provide high-speed Internet access to the school. The iAdvance is Ghana's digital inclusion initiative and was set up with the aim of ensuring that Ghanaians have access to PCs, the Internet and software.

Intel is partnering with the e-learning Africa for the second year running as part of the company's ongoing drive to work with local governments, market players and NGOs to provide children in the African continent with the latest in educational infrastructure available globally.

William Swope, Vice President and General Manager, Corporate Affairs Group, and other Intel professionals who are in Accra for the conference, will meet with decision-makers, government officials and educators to discuss latest technology in education techniques and exchange know-how on enhancing e-Learning programs in Africa as a means of helping to bridge the digital divide.

Across markets including South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt and Morocco, Intel has signed memoranda of understanding with the governments to further ICT development, trained teachers as part of the Intel Teach Program and works tirelessly to help the young generation have a better chance in life.