'Give children quality education' Monday, August 30, 2010 , Spread

Parents have been urged not to spare any expense in giving quality education to their children because education remains the engine that propels individuals and nations to greater heights.

“Quality education enhances a child’s contribution to national development. Our future leaders, therefore, need to be well trained and equipped to take full responsibility of the nation.”

The Executive President of e-toys and more, Mr George Sackey, made the remark at the inauguration of a GH¢ 50,000 e-learning centre for the Star Royal School at Nmai Djorn in the Adentan Municipality last Saturday.

The centre, which was set up by e-toys and more , distributors of children's interactive educational products and a member of the Digital Education Group (DEG), has facilities, including multimedia kids computers,  electronic educational toys, interactive video learning resources, the Internet and a digital library for research and referencing for both teachers and pupils.

Mr Sackey said the centre would also help to “develop critical thinking, stimulate creativity, correct slow development, as well as develop strong ICT skills in pupils. This way, early learning is greatly inspired and the full potential of our students is greatly explored”.

He observed that the centre was also a perfect learning environment for today’s digital child and took the routine and boredom out of teaching and learning by simplifying, as well as creating, more options for both learners and teachers.

He said the company’s mission was to provide technological solutions to the educational needs of children, schools and communities in order to spear-head the move to bridge the technological gap between our part of the world and that of developed nations.

Mr Sackey also announced a special package called the “Educators Computerisation Programme (ECP)” in which computers would be made available to teachers under flexible payment terms to help keep up with the growing technology. Interested teachers would also be given special training and certified as e-learning co-ordinators.

The Executive Director of the Star Royal School, Mr Lord Okantey, said factors such as the making of ICT an examinable subject, the changing trends in education, coupled with the fact that technology had become part of the teaching and learning process, made it imperative to provide the needed environment for children to develop ICT skills at early ages.

He said there were plans in the pipeline to set up an e-learning library for the school, which would have an effective combination of the normal books and electronic books and comprehensive library management software.

He said the vision of the school, which started a year ago, was to create a unique and quality environment for teaching and learning to enable its pupils to achieve their full potential, irrespective of their backgrounds.


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