The Israeli Embassy inaugurated three information and communication technology (ICT) laboratories in three technical high schools (SHTS) to improve the teaching and learning of ICT.
The $46,000 classroom labs were undertaken as part of the Israeli Embassy’s ‘Digital Innovation Education Project’, which aims to support the government’s drive to project digitization and innovation in the economy and the education sector.
The beneficiary schools are Amasaman Technical Secondary School, Tema Manhean Technical Secondary School and Walewale Technical Secondary School.
Each lab was equipped with 20 laptops, with one laptop for field and instructor use, a printer and two WIFI routers for internet access, and a smart TV for students to follow instructions from the lab. ‘teacher.
Opening of the ICT laboratory
During a groundbreaking ceremony for the ICT lab at Amasaman Technical Secondary School in Accra last Tuesday, Israel’s Ambassador to Ghana, Liberia and Sierra Leone, Ms. Shlomit Sufa, explained that the project aims improve ICT education among students by equipping their schools. with updated computer tools for their practical use.
“As the embassy, we hope to expand the project to more schools and continue to support education in Ghana through capacity building programs,” she said.
She noted that the project started in October 2021 when the first batch of three high schools were selected with the support of the Ministry of Education through the Office of the Vice President.
“Schools identified included Amasaman Technical Secondary School which had an ICT classroom but lacked adequate tools for students to use; the Tema Manhean Senior High Technical School, which also had a classroom with mostly dysfunctional computers and the Walewale Senior High Technical School, which had no ICT classroom,” she noted.
She expressed the Israeli government’s commitment to continue working with the government to improve ICT education in the country, adding that it is committed to ensuring that many more students benefit from the project.
She called on students and teachers to take advantage of this opportunity and develop their ICT skills for the next level of their academic and professional life.
A deputy education minister, the Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, has promised to ensure that all stalled education infrastructure projects in the school are completed.
“We are very aware of the challenges of this school, every infrastructure project in which money has been invested will be continued.
“GETFund-funded projects and parent-teacher association (PTA)-initiated projects, we will collaborate with them and our engineers will access them and see the best way forward,” he said.
He commended the Israeli Embassy for undertaking the projects, saying the program plays a strategic role in supporting the government’s vision of empowering human capital and providing an enabling environment for students.
The school’s principal, Irene Ocansey, thanked the Embassy for the gesture and promised to ensure that the ICT lab was put to good use.
She said that after the inauguration of the lab, she was confident that the school would introduce ICT as an optional subject next year.
She noted that students, especially visual and technical arts students, in choosing their fourth elective subject often chose literature and economics due to the lack of a practical course such as ICT. .