Ghanaian youth have been promised to be provided with a functional, ICT-driven educational system that constantly responds to the challenges and evolution of modern science and technology. This commitment was made by the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
He made this known on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, when he commissioned the Akyem Wenchi Educational Circuit Community Information Centre, at Soabe, in the Eastern Region.
He stated his government’s focus, which is to work to provide every school and community with an ICT infrastructure to keep them in touch with global trends, and also equip our youth with the skills that will be necessary in Ghana’s economic transformation.
The President noted that his government intends to improve the facilities and the curriculum for ICT education at all levels, and also ensure that all teachers have ICT competence.
ICT in education has a multiplier effect, by enhancing learning and providing students with new sets of skills; by reaching students with poor or no access (especially those in rural areas); by facilitating and improving the training of teachers; and by minimizing costs associated with the delivery of traditional instruction.
Thus, to enhance access to information to users of the Akyem Wenchi Information Centre, the President revealed that the Ghana Investment Fund For Electronic Communications (GIFEC) has equipped the center with access to free internet services.
“In the not too distant future, the free WiFi coverage policy will be extended to senior secondary and tertiary institutions nationwide dedicated to learning, administration and enhancing the capacity to do research,” the President assured.
The Information Centre, constructed by the Prof & Mrs. S.K.B. Asante Educational Trust Fund, boasts of 40 desktop computers.
The Information Centre is not the only project undertaken by the Prof & Mrs. S.K.B. Asante Educational Trust Fund in this town. In 1996, the Fund was responsible for the electrification project of Soabe. Adjoining communities, such as Akyem Wenchi and Kusi, have also been beneficiaries of scholarship packages for students, the construction of 13 teachers’ quarters, a library and a modern police post.