Education Director wants aggressive promotion of ICT

Mr Joseph Kwabena Onyinah, Ashanti Regional Education Director, has called for a more aggressive promotion of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) education in schools. This is necessary to assure the nation’s youth that they are not left behind by globalization, he explained. He was speaking at a seminar organized for heads of senior high schools (SHS), ICT coordinators and teachers in the region at the GNAT Hall in Kumasi. This seminar was to introduce them to the “Computer Learning and Support Sustainable (CLASS)-works programme”, an initiative by Viafrica Foundation, an NGO, to help schools acquire computers at relatively

cheaper rates. Mr Onyinah called for the strengthening of the teaching of ICT in schools by ensuring that only qualified teachers were engaged. He identified the lack of infrastructure, inadequate qualified ICT teachers, unstable and irregular power supply, as major challenges that needed to be tackled to enhance the teaching and learning of ICT. Miss Margret Simons, the Project Manager of Viafrica Foundation, said her organization, through the “CLASS-works programme”, was facilitating the supply of computers, training and “e-learning” materials to schools at lower prices. This is their contribution towards the goal of improving the learning of computers through both formal and informal education, ensuring computer affordability and accessibility, and raising the quality of ICT education. Ms Simons said the programme was being piloted in Ashanti and would be replicated across the country.

Source: GNA

Google launches internet-free “Gmail SMS” mobile service for Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya

Google today, July 18, 2012 has launched a new internet connection-free service known as Gmail SMS for three African countries – these are Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria. According to Google,the new service will now allow one to send and receive emails as SMS messages using a mobile phone, regardless of “whether or not your phone has an internet connection, like Wifi or 3G”. “Gmail SMS works on any phone, even the most basic ones which only support voice and SMS,” the technology giant said on its blog page. “We’re excited to be making this new service available in Ghana, Nigeria and Kenya,” Google said.

The Gmail SMS automatically forwards one’s emails as SMS text messages to “your phone and you can respond by replying directly to the SMS”. Receiving Gmail SMS is free of charge, Google said adding “Standard SMS rates apply when replying to messages, creating new messages and sending Gmail SMS commands from your phone”.

By Ekow Quandzie

Global broadband subscribers hit 600-million mark

A recently-published Broadband Forum report revealed that the global number of broadband subscribers has risen by more than 20%, with over 600-million subscribers in the first quarter of 2012 now connected to broadband Internet. That is a growth of over 100 million new lines added in the last 18 months.The global number of broadband subscribers has risen by more than 20% (image: stock.xchng)”This is another significant milestone in an exciting arena that shows no sign of slowing down. It is just 18 months since we celebrated the 500 million subscriber watershed and even less time since IPTV subscribers reached 50 million – yet in both cases growth is still accelerating,” said Broadband Forum’s CEO Robin Mersh.

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