The Ministry of Communications and Digitization is in the process of seeking donor support to enable it to establish an Educational Technology Unit which will focus on establishing ICT centers and digital infrastructure in various schools.
The aim is to ensure the provision of adequate infrastructure to support the government’s digitization agenda.
Minister of Communications and Digitization, Ursula Owusu Ekuful, made the revelation after commissioning a community ICT center in Agona Abodom in the central region with support from the Ghana Electronic Communications Investment Fund (GIFEC ).
Providing community information technology centers is part of GIFEC’s mandate to provide digital infrastructure and stable network connectivity across the country.
The Center established in Agona Abodom will serve the community as well as all postgraduate institutions in the region.
Speaking after the commissioning of the new edifice, Ms. Owusu Ekuful revealed that there are ongoing processes to secure funds for more such facilities in the country.
“We have a program to build ICT centers in all high schools, we are going through the procurement processes with the Ministry of Education to provide an ICT lab with a capacity of 40 places for high schools. Ultimately, what we plan to do is seek funding from donors for a stand-alone educational technology unit that will be responsible for deploying digital ICT infrastructure and instruction for schools and students to that we can do this in a sustainable way,” she said. .
She also assured that the connectivity of the network will be improved so that the community and schoolchildren benefit from the many digital initiatives of the government.
The minister, as part of the exercise, also honored the occasion of the Akwambo festival where she pledged to support the development of the community and urged them to participate in the ongoing re-registration of the SIM card.