E-Learning Centres Project starts in Ada (Monday, July 19, 2010, Spread)

A Project to establish e-learning centres aimed at training both teachers and pupils in Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the Ada Constituency has been launched at Ada Foah in the Dangbe East District of the Greater Accra Region.

Under the first phase of the project, which is an initiative of the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ada, who is also  the Minister of Education, Mr Alex Tetteh-Enyo, two of the centres will be set up at Ada Foah and Big Ada by September 2010 and Kasseh in the second phase.

E-toys & more, distributors of children's interactive educational products and a member of the Digital Education Group (DEG),  is  undertaking the project with funding  from Mr Tetteh-Enyo’s share of the MPs Common Fund.
The centres, when completed, are expected to house facilities including interactive video learning resources, multimedia junior computers, educational games and puzzles, e-learning software suite for pre-school pupils, an Internet facility and Uninterrupted Power Supply( UPS).

Launching the project on onbehalf of Mr Tetteh-Enyo, the Director of ICT at the Ministry of Education, Rev Emmanuel Kingsley Dadebo, noted that ICT in today’s world remained a critical tool for accelerated development hence the decision to  make it part of the country’s development agenda and also introduce it as a compulsory and examinable subject in the school curriculum.
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"The huge impact of technology across the world today cannot be overlooked due to the great opportunities it provides in this age of globalisation, ” he stated.

He said it was the government’s desire that through the deployment of ICT in education, the culture and practice of traditional memory-based learning would be transformed into education that stimulated thinking  necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Rev Dadebo said “being part of the global village and living in the present digital world and knowledge compels us as a people and as a government to equip our children with the survival resources of the world of tomorrow which belongs to them”.

“The children we teach today are not for today’s world of work but that of tomorrow. This, therefore, implies that if we use the tools of yesterday to train our children today, they will certainly not be fit for the technologically-driven workplace of tomorrow,” he emphasised.

He said the ministry was currently working with some major players in the ICT industry to provide educational institutions nationwide with ICT facilities in order to equip students with the relevant skills and knowledge for the job market.

He added that more ICT teachers were being trained in the various colleges of education in the country.

He urged the pupils to take full advantage of the learning opportunities the facilities would offer and advised all stakeholders to promote the safe and sustainable use of the facility.

The Executive President of e-toys & more, Mr George Sackey Jr, emphasised the need to close the digital gap between private and public schools in the quest to make ICT accessible to all pupils in the country.

According to him the e-learning centres catered for all the different types of learning styles which were kinesthetic (doing an activity), auditory and visual.

He said besides developing the ICT skills of the children, the company would roll out a special package to improve on the ICT proficiency of the teachers in the communities.

Mr Sackey said the company had established 200 of such facilities across the country and was building the capacity of teachers who would be certified as e-learning co-ordinators in  various districts all over the country.

The District Director of Education, Mr David C. Sottie, commended the Mr Tetteh-Enyo for the project.

 He said it would go a long to facilitate teaching and learning ICT in the beneficiary communities, and pledged his directorate’s support in ensuring that the project achieved its objectives.

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