Aflaoga Roman Catholic basic school , Volta region of Ghana
Earlier this year, e-Inclusion a Non-governmental agency in partnership with Vodafone Ghana Foundation, successfully organized a 3 Month ICT Project dubbed TechConnect.
Project TechConnect was launched in January 2016 at Aflao.
Aflao is a town in Ketu South District in the Volta Region on Ghana‘s Togolese (eastern) border. Aflao is the twenty-eighth most populous settlement in Ghana, in terms of population, with a population of 66,546 people. Interestingly, in the 18th century, Aflao served as one of the major markets for the slave trade.
However irrespective of the economic activities in the border town, there is still a high level of deprivation and lack of educational facilitates to aid students in their studies.
As part of Project TechConnect selection criteria, 4 Junior High Schools with a total student population of about 4000 with no access to ICT labs or facilities were nominated to participate
What Motivated this Project?
The role of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as a tool for development in this dynamic world cannot be overemphasized. This requires prioritization of ICT in every country. Ghana as a developing country needs to consistently upgrade its ICT to capitalize on opportunities and gain competitive advantage over others globally.
In view of such merits, successive governments and other non-governmental organisations have taken initiatives such as “ the national ICT for socio-economic development (ICTAD) policy in 2003”, “the ICT development policy in 2004” and the “one laptop per child project” to ensure ICT development amongst the youth. This has resulted in significant transformation.
Despite these merits there have been reported cases on gender inequality in ICT. United Nations (2000) reported that, there is a gender divide with women and girls enjoying less access to ICT than men and boys. They further stressed the prevalence of such instances in developing countries even though female constitute a higher population. For instance, the 2010 census conducted in Ghana revealed that women population form 51.2% and hence the need for women empowerment.
The Project Objectives
This project sought to address gender inequality and empowerment of females especially girls through ICT by working with NGOs & CBOs (Community Based Organizations) to support pupils in “deprived” communities.
In our communities, access to ICT materials/tools remains a challenge due to cost and lack of facilities. As part of the project objective, e-Inclusion organised ICT clinics, using ICT tools for a cluster of four (4) community based Junior High School pupils. The pupils were introduced to basic ICT tools, how to use them, as well as their impact on education. A total of 150 pupils benefited from the ICT clinic.
With our focus on resolving the gender inequality in the ICT industry, the project was aimed at promoting and encouraging the use of ICT by girls at all levels of education. As part of the clinic, a special competition was also organised amongst the girls from the CBS (Community Based Schools) as a way of motivating them into this field.
One Key target was the establishment of e-Inclusion’s Tech Clubs in participating schools to encourage girls to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM).
For sustainability of the project, e-Inclusion donated ICT Tools/library to the CBS. The library is to serve as a reference material for both teachers and pupils