As part of its efforts of bringing quality education to the door- steps of all and sundry in the county; MTN Foundation, has taken another giant step by presenting some valuable equipment worth GHC 217,000 to the Assistive Technology Unit at the University of Ghana.
The items include: Prodigy Desktop, Sara Scanner, Projector Screen, Handheld Magnifiers, SMA for Jaws, External Hard drives, Braille Printer, Laptops, LaserJet and computers.
Presenting the items, the Acting Corporate Services Executive Mr. Samuel Koranteng, noted that the MTN Foundation responded to the request by the University of Ghana to help set up an Assistive Technology Unit.
This he said, the project will go a long way to help create opportunity for students with various challenge to study with ease.
“We hope that the facility will promote independence for over 2000 students with special needs and also decrease their quest for special assistance in pursuing their studies.
The programme is very unique to MTN Ghana Foundation because apart from making it possible for students with special educational needs to reach their full potentials in school, today’s event happens to be one of the activities marking the 10th Anniversary of the MTN Ghana Foundation”, he emphasized
According to him, in the space of 10years, the Foundation has implemented over 142 projects in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment at the total cost of over USD $13.3 million. These projects have impacted over four million people in Ghana.
Since education is one of the critical areas of Ghana’s socio-economic development agenda, MTN Foundation has over the years invested in projects aimed at developing the sector. The Foundation is celebrating its anniversary under the theme “Celebrating ten years of brightening lives, inspiring a brighter future”.
The theme highlights the Foundation’s role in bringing the best of sustainable projects to both rural and urban people.
A representative of the University of Ghana Mr. Alexander Bankole Williams, In-charge of the Assistive Technology Unit , stated that the significance of Information Technology in the life any individual with disability in today’s world cannot be over emphasized.
Since it has come to serve as major gap-bridging tool between persons with disability and the non-disabled persons.
According to him, it is in this regard, the University of Ghana established a special unit called the Assistive Technology Lab (ATL) within the University of Ghana Computing Systems to cater for the increasing population of students and employees with special needs of the University of Ghana.
He therefore commended MTN Foundation for embarking on such benevolent exercise. He also, entreated other corporate bodies to come to their aid in order to help enhance teaching and learning in the country.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/Newsghana.com.gh