A consortium of non for profit making organizations using ICT to promote development and education in Ghana have inaugurated a network known as Connect for Change (C4C) Education Ghana Alliance.
The Alliance comprising Savana Signatures, IBIS in Ghana, Producer Enterprises Promotion Centre, Women and Development Projects, Presbyterian Education Unit and the Ghana Information Network for Knowledge Sharing (GINKS) was formed in 2014 to help promote the use of ICT in delivery of quality education to Ghanaian children in both rural and urban areas.
Aside the inauguration, the Alliance simultaneously launched a research document on availability and use of ICT in teaching and learning in schools. The research conducted by Professor Seidu Alhassan, Director of the Institute for Continuing Education and Interdisciplinary Research (ICEIR) of the University for Development Studies (UDS was to ascertain the availability and use of ICTs in teaching and learning in four (4) regions of Ghana namely; Volta, Northern, Upper West and Upper East regions.
The Alliance which is being hosted and coordinated by Savana Signatures (Savsign) is being supported financially and technically by Connect4Change Netherlands (a consortium of Dutch NGOs: International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD), Edukans, Cordaid, ICCO Inter-church organization for development, Text To Change (TTC) and AKVO).
The study, also sought to identify gaps in the implementation of the ICT in Education Policy and recommend measures to improve the use of ICT in basic schools to facilitate the delivery of quality education in Ghana.
Speaking during the inauguration of the Alliance, the Executive Director of Savana Signatures Mr. John Stephen Agbenyo said information and communication technology (ICT) is one of the most important driving forces of national economic growth.
He said, though, there has been efforts to promote and make the use of ICT in education and training as a key priority in Ghana, this has not been successful because of the government’s inability to provide considerably ICT infrastructure coupled with the lack of ICT skills by teachers at the national, regional and district levels.
This, he observed had hindered effective implementation of ICT in Education Policy that sought to promote the use of ICT in basic schools throughout the country.
Mr. Agbenyo said the Alliance in partnership with Ghana Education Service (GES) will work together to ensure that the ICT in education policy is effectively implemented.
The Ghana Country Manager for IICD Martine Koopman said, C4C would work closely with the Ghana Education Service to improve the use of ICT to improve quality education delivery in Ghana. Koopman who officially launched the Alliance encouraged GES to make the use of ICT one of its priorities in their efforts to improve teaching and learning in schools. She said ICT tools have the potential to improve tremendously quality of teaching and learning in education.
The Northern Regional Director of GES, Mr. Paul Apanga commended members of the Alliance for the research report. He said the research document would help GES to plan effectively towards the integration of ICT in education.
He promised his organization’s support to the Alliance saying “we are partners so let’s collaborate effectively to improve on the quality education delivery to our children”. He was particularly happy because the research did not only look at the availability of ICT tools but it considered the use and its impact on quality education delivery.