By Zambaga Rufai Saminu
A STATE of the art Information Communication and Technology ICT (e-learning center) has been setup for the people of Atuabo, a coastal community in the Ellembele Constituency of the Western Region.
The facility, worth $55,000 has been funded by the Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency, Mr. Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah. It was commissioned recently by the MP and the Deputy Minister of Education in Charge of Basic level, Mrs. Elizabeth Amoah-Tetteh.
The components of the center, set up by E-toys and More, a member of the digital education group, include HP computers with HP server, multimedia children’s computers, wireless networking, a wide range of multimedia educational software covering pre-school, primary, Junior High and Senior High, and caters for all school going children.
It also includes a digital library comprising of the latest versions of the Encarta Encyclopedia and Digital Dictionaries, an internet facility as well as digital photocopier.
According to the management of E-toys and More, the digital experts who worked on the project, all the computers had been connected to headsets to enhance and simplify teaching and learning.
In addition to the ICT, the MP has also stocked the center with a wide variety of modern books, covering various subject areas, including science, mathematics and literature.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ellembele, Mr. Daniel K. Eshun, in an address during the commissioning of the project, showered tonnes of praise on the MP for consistently and constantly complementing the efforts of the assembly in providing social amenities to support the overall development of the district.
In terms of maintaining the center, the DCE assured, “We, as an assembly, would come in and do our best.”
Mr. Eshun also pledged the commitment of the assembly to reverse the poor trend and decline of education in the district, and also pledged the support of the assembly to work closely with the office of the MP to improve education in the area.
The Executive President of E-toys and More, Mr. George Sackey Jnr., in his speech, explained that globally, education had become completely technology driven, which required the involvement of all and sundry, stressing, “Education is key to national development. The quality of education delivered is very vital to the future of this nation. 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 this dear nation of ours.”
Speaking to the chiefs and people of Atuabo, before the commissioning of the multipurpose project, the Deputy Minister of Education in charge of Basic Level, Mrs. Elizabeth Amoah-Tetteh, acknowledged the contribution of the MP to the development of education in the Nzema communities of the Western Region, and explained that the provision of the ICT center was a recognition of the fact that nothing in this world, at the moment, could be done without the use of ICT, and that equipping the pupils of the area with knowledge of ICT was in response to the changing trends, requiring that communities all over the country needed to be connected to the rest of the world through ICT.
According to the Deputy Minister, the effort exerted by the MP would bridge the gap between the rural poor pupils in school, and the urban rich pupils, because of the establishment of the ICT center. She said the development and growth of ICT all over the world had compelled Ghanaian teachers to brace themselves for the task ahead. “Any teacher now has an idea about ICT,” she said.
Consequently, she said the government, recognising the importance of the ICT, had decided to equip all 26 technical institutes and the 38 teacher training colleges across the length and breadth of the country, in order to give room for smooth teaching and learning of the course.
She disclosed further that the government was on the verge of procuring laptops with projectors for Junior and Senior High schools. “As soon as this program begins, you would hear from us,” she assured the chiefs and people of Atuabo.
She however, urged the community to adopt a good maintenance culture in maintaining the center, in order to sustain and make maximum use of the project.