Ghana to create Community Information Centers in all 230 constituencies

The Ghana Government is constructing Community Information Centers in all the 230 Constituencies and ten Regional Innovation Centers to provide access to information and also to serve as learning centres for the citizenry.”The initiative seeks to demystify Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the rural and less served areas of the country.”

This was disclosed by Mr Ernest Attuquaye Armah, Deputy Minister of Communications, at the inauguration of an Information Access Center (IAC) at the University of Ghana, Accra.The facility, estimated to cost $400,000, was funded by the Korean government, and facilitated by the Government of Ghana.He said many developed countries had made ICT the bedrock of their development, adding that, Ghana also believed that one pre-requisite to achieving “our development goals,” was the use of ICT in all areas of national growth.The Deputy Minister said as an active member of the World Summit on the Information Society, the Government of Ghana was challenged to facilitate the provision of ICT access centers, and bridge the digital divide between rural and urban communities.

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World Bank Brainstorming Session on Youth Employment in Ghana

Ghana Event starts: 10AM Location: Koffi Annan Centre, Youth Employment in Africa

Friday, April 20 – Accra, Ghana
Tuesday, April 24 – Nairobi, Kenya
Friday, April 27 – Kinshasa, DRC

This month, the World Bank in collaboration with Africa Gathering will host a series of brainstorming sessions on youth employment in Africa. The sessions will be held in Ghana, Kenya and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the following dates:

We want to hear from Africa’s young people themselves about how we can do more to create good paying jobs,” said the World Bank’s Chief Economist for Africa Shanta Devarajan. “These sessions are vital to hear directly from them.” The World Bank is creating a report on youth employment in Africa, where input from the continent’s youth is paramount. The brainstorming sessions will be held to collect real-time feedback, which will be reviewed and highlighted in the report. “Who better to offer solutions to youth employment than those who are most greatly impacted,” Devarajan said.

There are an estimated 7-10 million young people seeking employment every year in Africa. Even countries that are reducing poverty at a rapid rate, such as Ethiopia, have not solved the youth employment challenge. If Africa’s youth cannot find productive jobs, the continent will not only fail to sustain growth and poverty reduction, it risks periods of civil unrest-as experienced in the Middle East and North Africa recently-because the expectations of these young people, fueled by growth and globalization, will be unfulfilled.

Africa Gathering (AG) draws inspiration from the traditional, symbolic African Baobab tree the place where people can gather to share knowledge, exchange ideas and learn from each other. Under AG’s tree all speak openly, from activators to innovators, from artists to technologists. Under our tree we celebrate the change-makers and their work, we connect them to like-minded people, we share their passion for a positive Africa. Continue reading

Microsoft to shutdown Windows XP and Office 2003 in 2014

Microsoft has announced that Windows XP and Office 2003 will reach end of support in just two years. On April 8, 2014, Microsoft will officially end support and recommends that users migrate to Windows 7 and Office 2010.Microsoft acknowledges that Windows XP and Office 2003 were great software releases for their time, but due to a shift in the technology environment and an evolution in technology, people’s needs and expectations also change and evolve.For those thinking about waiting until Windows 8 is released before updated from Windows XP, Microsoft suggests you do not wait. ”Not only is it important for companies to complete deployment before support runs out, but they should also be aware that by upgrading to Windows 7 and Office 2010 today they can gain substantial results today while laying the foundation for future versions of these products. 

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