The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communication (GIFEC) has presented a set of computers and accessories to the Blind Unit of some selected senior high schools.
The GH¢71,000 worth of items included 42 computers and accessories, which are intended to help in the implementation of the ICT policy of the Ministry of Education that makes the teaching of computer skills compulsory at the basic and senior high school levels.
The beneficiary institutions are Okuapemman Senior High School (SHS), Wa SHS, Adidome SHS, Cape Coast School for the Blind, Mawuli Senior High School, Ghana National College Basic School and Jahan Senior High School, Wa.
Presenting the items, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of GIFEC, Mr Kofi Attor, said the government’s school connectivity project—which involves providing educational institutions with high speed computers, printers, scanners, projectors and servers and linking them with internet access—was non-discriminatory.
He said GIFEC was supporting the Ministry of Education by deploying facilities in educational institutions to aid the academic development of students, including the physically challenged.
Mr Attor said the visually impaired in particular should not be left out in the ICT revolution; hence, government’s commitment through GIFEC to enable them to acquire ICT skills and knowledge so that they could function effectively in today’s knowledge society.
He thus stressed the need for other corporate institutions to provide support for the visually impaired.
Receiving the items on behalf of the schools, the Headmistress of Mawuli Senior High School, Mrs Rejoice Delali Ansah, said the items would make the learning of ICT more flexible and help in information sharing.
She thanked GIFEC for the support and said the gadgets and accessories would be used for the purpose for which they were provided.
By Seth J. Bokpe/Daily Graphic/Ghana