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Abira citizens in Europe donate computers
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Diasporian News of Friday, 20 October 2006

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Abira citizens in Europe donate computers

Story Kwame Asare Boadu, Abira

A COMMUNITY Information Technology and Communication (ICT) centre being established at Abira near Bonwire in the Ashanti Region has being given a boost upon receipt of 20 computers and three printers from the Abira citizens Union in Europe.

The union took a very important view of the efforts by the local community to complement government?s efforts at promoting ICT education and decided to establish the centre to boost ICT education, which had become the order of the day.

Fifty computers were needed to start the project, and the donation of the 20 computers therefore arrived at the right time the community was looking for funds to purchase the items to begin the project.

Making the presentation, the leader of the union, Mr. Yaw Ofosuhene, popularly known as Stephen Ofosuhene, said the union appreciated the fact that education held the key to the development of the area.

He said the chiefs and the government were doing their best to move education forward but it was clear that they could not shoulder all the responsibilities alone.

Mr. Ofosuhene gave the assurance that he would make a personal donation of 10 computers next year if the computers were put to good use.

The Krontihene of Abira, Nana Akuoko Nimpah, who received the items on behalf of the community, thanked the donors for the gesture and gave the assurance that the community would make good use of them.

He said the communal spirit of the community had been rekindled and promised that more projects would be initiated in the years ahead.

The chief noted that the government was establishing ICT centers in district capitals only, and as such other communities that needed such facilities, must take the initiative.

He urged teachers in the community to take their work seriously in order to help improve standards of education.

Nana Nimpah expressed concern about the poor results in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the community this year in which the best student had aggregate 26.He, therefore, advised parents to ensure that their children performed well.

The member of Parliament (MP) for Kwabre East, Mr. Kofi Frimpong, pointed out that education was all about ICT and as such no effort would be spared to develop the sector.

Mr. Frimpong condemned the practice where children in the district were introduced to kente weaving at the expense of their education.

He said, ?if we do not give our children quality education we are doomed as a people?.

The MP promised 50 bags of cement for the ICT centre project at Abira.

Source: The Daily Graphic

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