Intel workshop on ICT ends (pg 11)

A WORKSHOP aimed at training the staff of the Curriculum and Research Division of the Ministry of Education (MoE) to train Ghanaian teachers in Information and Communication Technology ( ICT) has ended in Accra.
The workshop which was held under the auspices of Intel, manufacturers of microchips, formed part of a world-wide programme called the “World Ahead Programme” which was to make both students and teachers computer literate.
The programme is currently run in Egypt, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, India, Tanzania, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The 3-day workshop based on Project-based Learning had Mrs Ronke Bello of Schoolnet Nigeria, as the facilitator.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the Corporate Affairs Manager for Intel West Africa, Mr Olubunmi Ekundare said the project was Intel’s contribution to the development of ICT in Ghana, adding that the next phase of the programme would be to help improve the ICT facilities of schools in the country.
The Country Representative of Intel, Mr Henry Nyako said the company had trained more than 1,000 teachers in previous programmes aimed at improving ICT knowledge among teachers.
Mr Nyako said the feedback from the schools indicated that the training sessions had been beneficial as the teachers were not only impacting the knowledge gained on their colleagues but students as well.
He, however, stated that the biggest challenge for the programme had been the inadequate or no computers in most of the schools throughout the country.
“This is creating some difficulty as some of the teachers who come for the training do not have access to computers.”
He said there was also “the Teacher Purchase Scheme” which aimed at providing computers to teachers at affordable rates to help bridge the technology gap.
Mr Nyako urged heads of institutions and District Directors of Education to contact the ministry so that the programme could be run in their schools.
The Director of Curriculum Development and Research, Mrs Sarah Agyeman-Duah, said the workshop was very important as the staff of the ministry had to have a firm grip on ICT education which had been introduced into basic school curricula.
A participant, Mr John Mensah Annang, for his part, said the programme had resourced the participants in such a way that they were now conscious of the expected situation in classrooms and would assist in preparing teachers for the use of ICT in teaching and learning.


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