The Methodist Girls Senior High School at Mamfe in the Eastern Region of Ghana has received 20 laptops and one projector from Huawei Ghana to boost the teaching and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in the school.
Reverend John Ntim Fordjour, the Deputy Minister for Education, speaking at the donation, thanked the Management of Huawei Technologies (Ghana) S. A Limited for its regular support in the development and advancement of education in the country.
The donation, he said, came in handy as the government continued to focus on providing vital resources to effectively enhance teaching and learning, especially towards the development of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education.
Rev. Ntim Fordjour said the acquisition of critical thinking and other skills by students remained a priority of the government and described the attainment of Information Technology as very crucial for all, irrespective of the field of study.
The Deputy Minister recounted the important role ICT played in the lives of students, especially girls.
He commended the school for the many local and international robotics awards it had bagged in the past, in honour of the nation. He charged the school’s robotics team to keep working hard to bring in more awards.
The Deputy Minister assured the school that efforts were being made to tar all roads in the school to enhance and create a conducive environment for effective teaching and learning.
Madam Jenny Zhou, the Director for Public and Government Affairs at Huawei Ghana, said Huawei was committed to enhancing education and has over the years contributed towards the development of education in Ghana.
She commended the Ministry of Education for prioritizing STEM education and promised to partner with the Ministry to support the teaching and learning of ICT in schools.
She stated that Huawei believes in bridging the gender gap in ICT and is, therefore, putting in place the right measures to advocate for the promotion of women in technology.
“A few weeks ago, we joined the Ministry of Education to donate some ICT devices to the Bosomtwe Girls STEM School at Deduako all geared towards promoting the learning of IT in schools, especially for girls,” she said.
“I am, therefore, very happy to be here today to do the same, hoping that the devices we are donating will be utilized to enhance your ICT skills,” she added.
Madam Zhou said they strongly believe in developing the ICT skills of the citizenry, especially the youth.
She said considering this, they launched the Leadership Employability Advancement and Possibility (LEAP) Programme in Ghana to create an opportunity for Ghanaian youth to develop an interest in acquiring ICT skills to help them in their field of endeavour.
The Director for Public and Government Affairs said through the LEAP programme, Huawei hoped to provide ICT skill training to 100,000 plus Ghanaians by 2024 with the youth as the key focus.
She urged the students to take advantage of opportunities that come their way, while in school to develop their skills for tomorrow.