Dr. Yaw Osei Adutuwum, Deputy Minister of Education, has encouraged young people to show interest and focus on ICT education as to realize their dreams and potential in a world that is driven by technology.
He said the world was rapidly growing in global trends and technology that enabled communication between young people from every corner of the world, helping to promote dialogue for development.
“We all need to know more about the internet of things (IoT) to meet up with the global trends. While access to technology has significantly changed the lives of many young people in developed countries, this is not always the case here,” he stated when he visited the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Accra.
He was there to get firsthand information about new software being developed by the centre to aid Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Dr Adutwum noted that access to ICT remained a challenge for the youth in the developing world and that for the country to transform its economy, ICT was needed in the school curricula to enable students to study with the most current technology.
“This can only be achieved if we have the critical mass and acknowledge this centre as one that has amassed enough populace for the IT sector. For instance, students and graduates from the centre are being leveraged on from time to time. Their skills are enough to help industries in the country leap forward with regard to their ICT needs,” he added.
Consequently, a software centre has been set up in Bolgatanga and a smart technology centre in Sunyani to help those in the area to also have access to the new initiatives in IT.