6.5 Ghana

The Ghana School Connectivity Project is an example of a well-defined process where stakeholders are working together to achieve the goal of providing educational institutions with high-speed computers, printers, scanners, projectors and servers and linking them with internet access.

The project is coordinated by the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), which was established in 2004 and provides support to the Ministries of Education and Local Government by deploying facilities in educational institutions in un-served and underserved areas. The GIFEC was established in 2004 as an implementing agency of the Ministry of Communications to facilitate the spread of ICT use in rural Ghana. Its goals are to promote research and reading culture, to train rural schoolchildren and teachers in the use of ICTs, and to empower rural communities by providing access to information, so that direct participation will be increased in development and decision-making processes.222

The scope of the School Connectivity project was expanded to include other training and vocational institutions during the period 2010 -2012. By 2012, GIFEC had supported 263 educational and training institutions, as follows:

  • 10 youth leadership training institutions
  • 37 NVTI centres
  • 26 technical institutions
  • 114 senior high schools.
  • 43 nursing/ midwifery training colleges
  • Eight agricultural colleges
  • 25 community development colleges223

ICT centres for all colleges of education have been inaugurated throughout the country. The facilities are aimed at making all teacher-trainees ICT-proficient, in order to support ICT education, which is now an examinable subject in all basic schools. The cost of connecting these centres, which is provided under the National School Connectivity Project, is USD 45,000 for each college, so as to ensure that the centres are equipped with computers, a projector, an Uninterrupted Power System (UPS), printers, scanners and Internet connections. 224

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