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Huawei lauded for contributing toward inclusive education in Ghana

BY: graphic.com.gh

The Deputy Minister for Education, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour has lauded ICT Company, Huawei for the key role it plays in harnessing the potential of ICT to promote equitable and inclusive education for all, through its Technology-enabled Open School System (TeOSS) project in Ghana.

The project is an initiative in partnership with UNESCO, the Ministry of Education through the Ghana Education Service (GES), and the Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDULOS) as well as other key players in Ghana, Egypt, and Ethiopia.

The project which is aimed at building robust crisis-resilient school systems seeks to connect school and home-based learning, to ensure the continuity and quality of learning under normal or crisis situations.

It also seeks to empower beneficiaries through enhanced connectivity, digital skills, and professional development over a period of three years.

Speaking at the just-ended UNESCO-Huawei Cross Country Seminar held in Accra, Rev Fordjour gave the assurance of the Government of Ghana and the Ministry of Education’s commitment to collaborate further with Huawei, UNESCO, and other development partners to achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4.

SDG 4 focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting life-long learning.

The Deputy Minister was of the view that more digital platforms are needed as an enabler and leverage to achieve the key targets of SDG Goal 4.

The government, he said, has as a result of this put in a lot of effort through industry partnerships to reach every place where learners are found.

“We are excited about this discussion going on with Huawei Ghana and the team of experts that are sharing ideas and supporting these very brilliant interventions that the Ministry is undertaking,” he said, as he thanked the UNESCO Ghana Country Director, Mr. Diallo Abdulmahamahne and the Ghana team for their consistent support geared towards transforming Ghana’s education sector.

The Technology-enabled Open School project which was officially launched on 25, November 2021 is expected to benefit primary school students, Junior High School students, out-of-school children, and vulnerable groups in Ghana.

Since its inception, the project has been piloted at 10 schools across 10 regions in the country. Under the pilot, educators and learners had access to online and offline resources to ensure that schools based in communities without internet access and electricity could benefit from the project.

As a company focused on accelerating the digital skills and the development of ICT talents in Ghana, Huawei through strategic partnerships has trained over 50,000 Ghanaians in advanced ICT courses like Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Routing and Switching, Coding, Financial Technology and Cloud Computing under its Women in Tech initiative.

This year, under its LEAP (Leadership Entrepreneurship Advancement Possibility) program, Huawei organized its maiden ICT Job Fair in collaboration with key government ministries and successfully provided employment opportunities for over 200 tertiary students.