Regional News of Sunday, 29 June 2014
Some ten primary and Junior High Schools in the Savelugu/Nanton Municipality over the weekend received a total of 110 desktop computers, ten laptops and 20 projectors to enhance Information Communication Technology (ICT) teaching and learning.
Mr John Stephen Agbenyo, Director of the Savanna Signatures who presented the computers and the laptops to the schools at Savelugu on Friday, said it was part of the integration of ICT in Education project, which his outfit had been undertaking over the years aimed at contributing to quality education in the area.
The Savanna Signatures is a non-governmental organization (NGO) operating in the Northern, Upper West and the Volta Regions using ICT to promote development.
Mr Agbenyo explained that the idea of presenting the computers was to make teachers plan their lesson notes with the use of ICT tools as well as using ICT skills with the use of the accessories and noted that the facilities if properly utilized would increase students’ academic performance especially in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
He indicated that ICT laboratories had already been installed in the beneficiary schools connected to electricity and indicated that ten teachers from each of the beneficiary schools would be trained to be able to efficiently use the facilities.
Mr Agbenyo said the project was in conformity with the national policy of educating pupils using ICT stressing that “Quality of teaching and learning outcomes will be enhanced using ICT”.
He said aside Integration of ICT in Education project, the NGO was also implementing youth empowerment, gender and social inclusion and sexual reproductive rights projects with almost all the projects, which were yielding positive results.
Mr Issaka Braimah Basintale, Municipal Coordinating Director of Savelugu/Nanton expressed appreciation to the Savana Signatures for the gesture explaining that the NGO was contributing to the responsibility of the government.
He said even though the Government through the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology and the Ministry of Education have been distributing computers and laptops to schools and pupils, more needed to be done since there were inadequate.
“Without ICT, we cannot do anything in this modern world," he said; stressing that the beneficiary schools and communities must take good care of the computers to enable their children get the full benefit of the facility.
Mr Alhassan Mustapha, Assistant Director in Charge of Supervision said the Ghana Education Service was very grateful for the computers since the directorate was financially constraint to provide such facilities and promised to ensure that circuit supervisions inculcate the innovation into their monitoring and supervision.