The IESC is an innovative skills-based volunteer program that harnesses the passion of Intel employees to work with organizations in developing countries that patronize Intel technology.
IESC teams provide technical assistance on the installation and maintenance of such technologies as well as train end-users on the effective usage. The current visit is part of Intel?s mission to ?push the boundaries of smart and connected technology to make amazing experiences possible for every person on earth?.
The workshop is supported by Maternal Child Survival Program (MCSP), USAID?s global cooperative agreement to introduce and support high-impact health interventions with the ultimate goal of ending preventable child and maternal deaths within a generation. In Ghana, MCSPworks in collaboration with the Ministry of Health (MOH), to provide technical support and training for IT tutors in midwifery and community health training schools implementing eLearningprogram
The Intel team made upof experts in health and safety,hardware and software experts, data analyst and system administrators are supporting the tutors to better manage computer maintenance, network expansion issues, management and the setting up a helpdesk support structure and the SkooolHE application in readiness to scale up the implementation of the eLearning modules to the health training schoolsthroughout the country.
The team had earlier on visited midwifery institutions in Accra, Pantang, Koforidua and Ho to assist IT tutors with a number of IT issues and monitor the performance of the SkooolHE application.
TheeLearning programimplemented through the SkooolHE application aims at providinga solution to challenges of infrastructure, tutors and learning materials in the face of increasing figures of enrollment in health traininginstitutions, especially midwifery schools.An average of 12,524 students graduate annual from about 138 programs that are offered in health training instructions in Ghana.
Addressing the workshop, a representative of the MOH, Mr. Evans Danso says the Ministry?s ?clinical sites are choked and supervisors are overwhelmed with the numbers that have been admitted for training, and we think the solutions to this is to use eLearning and the mLearning programs to supplement teaching and learning.?
Mr. Danso said the Ministry,with the support of other development partners,is planning to introduce other innovative ways of teaching and learning, such as electronic libraries and teleconferencing lectures,to resolve challenges of infrastructure and student populations in health training institutions across the country.
ELearning and teleconferencing ideas would be useful to overcome the problem of limited facilities in the northern part of the country for certain lessons, such as psychiatry, and having to transport them to the south to attend these lessons.
Participants interviewed were impressed about the eLearning program, describing it as a useful supplementary tool for teaching. They described their interaction with the Intel team as insightful and innovative on the part of MCSP.Adolph Amartey of the Korle Bu midwifery training school said, ?in all its been beneficial because it?s a new platform we are putting our students on and it?s an important investment and we have to make sure it works?,