The 13.2-million Euro Integrated E-learning Laboratories Project (IELP) was launched in Accra yesterday, by the Minister of Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang.
Under the IELP, 240 Public Senior High Schools (SHS) across the 10 regions of the country are to benefit from Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Laboratories to facilitate ICT education in the country.
Funded through a loan from the Belgium government, the project is being executed by Televic Education, a Belgium-based company with expertise in ICT solutions and services delivery.
The project would begin next month with the construction of four of the laboratories in Accra and subsequently replicated in the other regions.
Speaking at the launch, Prof. Opoku-Agyemang said the E-learning programme under the government E-Learning and Secondary Education Improvement Project (SEIP), was part of three-related ICT projects being rolled out by government for SHS in the country.
The SEIP was to provide standard and nationally relevant content for all the SHS in the country.
Prof. Opoku-Agyemang explained that the objective of the IELP was to promote computer-based learning and to enhance ICT education in the country.
The Minister said the world was fast changing through technology and stressed there was the need to adapt the country’s educational system to meet the changing trends on the ICT landscape.
“Uses of technology combined with adequate training possibilities will extend current technology to both learners and facilitators of the learning process,” she said.
She said through the project, the beneficiary schools would be connected with internet facilities and also be interconnected to share notes, text books ad questions electronically, as well as discuss issues which are of common interest to them.
“We look forward to every positive impact of the intervention in ICT to facilitate the teaching and learning of all subjects at the SHS level and make stronger input at the tertiary level,” she said.
Prof. Opoku-Agyeman entreated the beneficiary schools to take good care of the facility to ensure their longer life span, saying “I am confident that all beneficiary schools will justify this intervention through proper management of equipment and convincing results.”
Dirk Verbeke, Sales Director of Televic Education in an interview with The Ghanaian Times explained that under the project all the text books of the beneficiary SHS would be digitised.
In addition, he said ICT infrastructure would be installed in all the beneficiary schools and that would help the teachers to hold lectures and provide assignments electronically.
Among the objectives, Mr Verbeke indicated that the project would help the students to be ICT literate to become relevant in the ICT job market.