Young At Heart Ghis an organization that seeks to employ the use of Computers and other digital platforms to improve the quality of education in deprived and rural communities in Ghana.
The organization just recently embarked on a one week ?Summer Literacy Camp? at Okorase a community close to Koforidua in the Eastern Region. The week long camp which took place from the 24th to the 31st of May, 2015 drew out about a 100 school children. 63 of these children were from Little Flower School a school for less privileged children and 27 of JHS 3 students from Okorase Methodist School.
The aim of the Summer Camp was to employ the use of Computers and E-Learning Platforms to improve the learning experience of participating students. Volunteers were drawn from the various Young At Heart Gh volunteer basesacross the country made up of students and alumni from University of Ghana (UG), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Cape Coast (UCC), Kumasi Polytechnic and Koforidua Polytechnic. Volunteers were trained to guide participating students through lessons in English, Mathematics Science and ICT making use of computers and ?Ananse the Teacher? an E learning software developed by Young AT Heart Gh.Special focus was also given to JHS 3 students, given them the opportunity to experience practical Computer lessons as they prepare to write ICT in their Basic Education Certificate Examination.
The impact of the One Week Camp was obviously positive as participating students showed an increased test score average from 59% to 64% in 3 days of effective lessons. Participating students in response to questionnaires administered and interviews conducted indicated an enjoyable and more interactive learning experience. They communicated that the use of the E-learning platforms and practical lessons made learning more appreciable and easier to understand.
Young At Heart Gh currently operates in 4 regions namely Ashanti, Eastern, Greater Accra and Central Region and has empowered over 2000 children in rural and deprived communities with practical ICT skills. In order to encourage the use ofcomputers and E learning platforms to improve learning experiences Young AT Heart Gh has championed the establishment of ICT hubs in partnership with ?Patriot Ghana? and ?Matthew 25 Ministries?. An interactive E- learning software named ?Ananse The Teacher? customized to suit the needs and interests of the Ghanaian child has also been created and deployed for use. Young At Heart Gh looks forward to more successful and remarkable impact driven ventures in the near future and welcomes partners who would like to support a revolution of quality and effective education .