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

IPA, JPAL, GES Education Conference in Ghana-poverty Action

Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) in collaboration with Ghana Educational Services (GES) present the Evidence-Based Education:Policy-Making and Reform in Africa Conference bringing African education practitioners, government policymakers, and researchers together to listen to and discuss current evidence on what works in education.

This 2-day conference will feature a large-scale evaluation of the Ghana Government’s Teacher Community Assistant Initiative (TCAI), aimed at improving literacy and numeracy levels in basic schools and implemented by Ghana Education Services, the Ghana National Association of Teachers and the National Youth Employment, and evaluated by IPA. The conference will also cover topics including student attendance, supportive learning through technology, and teacher accountability and incentives, with presentations from leading international researchers and educational practitioners including.

Date  & Location:
The conference will be held on May 14-15, 2012. The Executive Education will be held on May 16-19, 2012, immediately following the conference .Coconut Grove Regency Hotel Mozambique Link, North Ridge North Ridge – Accra, Ghana (map) The Executive Education Training will be held at the same venue as the conference

For more information on the event and information on how to sign up, please visit

Jessica Kiessel
IPA Ghana Country Director


Call for Papers

The Workshop on Information Technology and Systems is provides a forum for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns in all kinds of technology. Discussions cover information technology and allied areas such as electrical and electronic engineering, computer science, computer engineering, and information systems.

The theme of IT, Organisation and Development for the 2nd edition of this Workshop seeks to emphasise the idea that IT should not be understood in isolation, but in terms of its co-evolution with organisation and development. Therefore, pushing forward the frontiers of knowledge of this co-evolution or relationship requires endeavours such as this Workshop that seeks to bring together researchers, practitioners, and educators to present our research works and share ideas that will enhance our innovation and understanding of IT and systems. The Workshop also provides an opportunity for businesses to exhibit their products, and for entrepreneurs to explore investment opportunities.

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