Brofoyedur Basic Sch. Gets ICT Centre

Mr Mensah (third from left), assisting the traditional authorities to cut the tape to open the ICT centre.It was a day of glory for the pupils, chiefs and people of Brofoyedur in the Ajumako/Enyan/Essiam District when they received their first Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre.

The First Capital Plus Bank (FCP), as part of its corporate social responsibility, provided the facility for the Ajumako-Brofoyedur Basic School at the cost of GH¢52,000.

The pupils, chiefs and people queued into the centre, to try their hands on the computer, as the Chief Executive Officer of FCP, John Kofi Mensah, Omanhene of Breman Essiam, Odeefor Afankwa 111 and other traditional rulers of the area, oudoored the centre last Thursday, amidst drumming and dancing.

“All along we have been studying theory, we do not know what a computer is, now we will have the opportunity to learn the practicals,” Love Asamoah, a pupil told The Ghanaian Times.

The centre is fully equipped with ICT learning materials, computers, printers, a canon photocopier machine, a projector, a screen, internet modems, UPS, APC surge arrester, extension board and a stabiliser.

It will further be developed and expanded with the provision of additional computers and other accessories to serve as the ICT training centre for the whole of the district.

“I am glad to announce that this ICT centre located in this district is the first to be launched under the company’s “360 degree societal impact strategy,” to serve as an avenue to empower the youth and provide them with the requisite skills and knowledge required in today’s competitive global world,” Mr Mensah told the gathering.

“The choice of this district was easy to make because it was the vision of the district to establish an ICT centre and that was clearly aligned with our strategy so we did not hesitate at all to use this district as the pioneering district for the important societal impact strategy,” he added.

The headteacher of the school, Thompson Owusu, said FCP had illuminated the school with the provision of the ICT by “removing them from darkness to light.”

He appealed to other stakeholders to assist the school by providing it with a kindergarten block because the existing one was in a deplorable state and the pre-school children were crammed in one room. Mr Owusu also pleaded for a poly tank to store water for the pupils.

On academic performance, he said the school scored 99 per cent at the last Basic Education Certificate Examination.

The Omanhene of Breman Essiam, Odeefor Afankwa 111, who chaired the function, expressed the appreciation of the people of the area to FCP for the facility and urged the people to make good use of it.

Other speakers stressed the need for ICT education and urged the pupils to use the facility for educational purposes and not indulge in using it to commit crimes and other fraudulent activities. From Salifu Abdul-Rahaman, Brofoyedur.

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