Tigo supports ICT education

Some of the pupils being guided to work on the computer

Some of the pupils being guided to work on the computer

To mark World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD) on May 17, Tigo, a mobile telecom operator, in collaboration with voluntary groups, Young At Heart and E-Library on Wheels, launched ICT learning sessions for basic school pupils in the Greater Accra and Eastern regions.

The sessions, which benefited pupils drawn from a number of basic schools in and around Tupaa and Adeiso in the Greater Accra and Eastern regions respectively, was aimed at introducing pupils to digital technology.

As part of the sessions, volunteers take the pupils, most of who are new to ICT, through computer lessons including introduction to e-learning and mobile computing.

Serving as ICT incubation sessions, the pupils were coached on the essentials of good presentation skills, entrepreneurship, and problem solving. They were also equipped with practical knowledge of the ICT subject studied in class, and tasked to create logos for imaginary charity organisations using the skills they had acquired.

“We are privileged to have this session for our pupils and believe it will provide a firm foundation for these kids to build the interest in information technology”, said Mr. Albert Amable, Headmaster of Obeng Yaw Basic School in the Eastern Region.

Osman K. Eshun, Headmaster of Tupaa basic school, commended Tigo for the initiative and encouraged pupils to apply the knowledge they had learned for future reference.

Gifty Bingley, Director for Corporate Affairs said was happy that the session provided the pupils practical experience in the use of the ICT facilities, and gave the assurance that the company would do more to ensure that more pupils in deprived areas benefited from the project.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is celebrated annually by the United Nations (UN) and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) to help raise awareness for the various ways in which the internet and ICT can open up opportunities for societies and economies as well as bridge the digital divide.

This year’s celebration had the theme, “ICT entrepreneurship for social impact.”

By Times Reporter

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