A 315-page handbook on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) has been launched at Agona Nyakrom in the Agona West Municipality in the Central Region to enhance teaching and learning of ICT in schools.
The book, titled ‘’My ICT Companion’’, authored by the ICT Coordinator of the Agona West Municipal Education Directorate, Mr Ernest Ato Bentil, is intended to facilitate the study of the subject to place students and pupils in a better position to excel in the subject.
The event was sponsored by the Bingo Environmental Foundation and School Forest for West Africa, both German organisations, and Youth and Environment Club in Ghana.
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In a speech read on his behalf, the President of the Association of School Forest for West Africa, Germany, Dr Sam Essiamah, commended the author for putting together a book on ICT, considering the fact that the subject was now a compulsory subject in schools in the country.
According to him, the manuscript of the book was originally used for an ICT workshop for selected teachers in the Agona West Municipality in September 2014 to enhance teaching in their respective schools, stating that the workshop equipped teachers with basic knowledge in ICT to enhance the teaching of the subject.
He expressed optimism that the acquisition of knowledge and skills in ICT would offer the students a unique opportunity to widen their knowledge and proficiency in their field of work in future.
A Deputy Director in charge of Statistics at the Agona West Municipal Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr John Sam, said he was hopeful that the book would be a good reference material for the effective teaching of ICT.
For his part, Mr Bentil said the book was launched in response to a suggestion by some ICT teachers he trained during a workshop, for him to author a book to facilitate the teaching of the subject.
He indicated that the subject was now examinable at the basic school level, adding that it was important that a good teaching material was made available to enhance the teaching of ICT.
The President of the Youth and Environment Club, Nana Odom Panin VII, who chaired the occasion, called on teachers to make good use of the book to ensure that their pupils passed the subject at all levels.
He urged the GES to adopt the book as a standard book to be used by pupils and teachers across the country.