The Young At Heart Ghana, is made up of young graduates from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Ghana, University of Cape-Coast, All Nations University and the Koforidua Polytechnic who in a spirit of voluntarism, have pooled resources together to provide free training to children in deprived areas in basic ICT skills and utilization.
Ms Josephine Marie Godwyl, Founder and National Coordinator of group told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a ceremony to launch the intensive community outreach programme, that the Asiafo-Amanfrom community was chosen for two reasons; firstly a recently inaugurated ICT centre and community library could be an advantage for the training and secondly, due to its deprived location.
In collaboration with the Akaa Project, a non-governmental organization (NGO), she said the programe would involve about 20 volunteers from the Group and would focus on training teachers in the community to be able to teach the children ICT whiles also building relevant contents for the training.
Ms Godwyl and her friends founded the Young At Heart Ghana two years ago to reach out to deprived communities and has so far empowered over 2,500 children in such communities in Ashanti, Central, Eastern and Greater Accra Regions with basic ICT literacy and utilization skills.
“The efforts of these young volunteers have made massive impact and improvement in test scores and the general appreciation of ICT as a subject in various schools” she added.
Ms Godwyl cited St. Monica Anglican Basic School in Bonwire, where students recorded an improvement from a 70% pass rate to a 100% pass rate after a term of running weekly practical modules on basic ICT skills.
The group had additionally set up two ICT hubs from their own resources at Aboabogya (Atwima Mponua) in the Ashanti Region and a community in Koforidua to help children to have access to computers for practical work after they had left.
Ms Godwyl said this year the group’s scope has expanded to include modules that target children in urban areas as well upon noticing that the general under utilisation of digital platforms to trigger creativity among Ghanaian children.
In addition to running Digital Innovators Clubs (DiggieClubs) in schools, Young At Heart Ghana has so far organized Digital Fairs partnering with organizations like the Ghana Robotics Academy Foundation, Osramba Artworld and Origma Tech and Tigo Ghana.
Monsignor Bobby Benson, Founder and Director of the Mathew 25 House, a civil society Organisation, commended the young graduates for their initiative to support deprived communities with their own resources and called on philanthropic organizations to support the noble cause.
(By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA)