A state-of-the-art Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) center has been built in Nkrankwanta in the western Dorma district of Puno district.
The collaborative effort between Member of Parliament Dormaa West, Vincent Oppong Asamoah and Helping Africa (HAF) and their partners is to help students expand their knowledge in STEM education through hands-on experience.
The center, called Yamoransa Model Lab 12, is expected to benefit more than 1,500 elementary and junior school students in the community.
The deputy provided the building and received laboratory equipment funded by HAF and managed by the implementers.
The center contains two EDUlabs with 58 computers powered by TECHAiDE’s ASANKA device that allows offline access to educational materials.
It also has a maker space with 15 laptops for robotics which includes EV3 legos, Arduino for coding, Ozobots, Virtual Reality and 3D Printer.
The facility also consists of a meeting room, center manager’s office, solar-powered restrooms, and a well for delivering electricity and water.
Speaking before the dedication and handover to the Ghana Education Service in Nkrankwanta, Vincent Obong Asamoah urged his constituents not to allow their political affiliations to stymie the development of their constituency.
He added that since the government alone cannot provide for all their needs, members of political parties need to cooperate to attract more partners to help advance the development needs of the people.
The deputy admitted that he had the support of his political opponents.
Mr Obong Asamoah said that after placing more than 600,000 Gingards in GHS, he would not be sitting next to the lab until it deteriorated.
I will help them run the facility to maintain quality. The most important thing is for our children to benefit from this project, and I will be happy with the effect it will have on them after 15 years.”
HAF Executive Director Japhet Ariko said they are using the initiative to prove to the government that “this is an effective tool for education and should be embraced and some money put into it in the budget to cover all constituencies in Ghana”.
Mr. Ariko noted an agreement that will see the foundation maintain the facility over the next two years with plans to teach the community how to raise funds to maintain it afterward.
He added that the Ghana Department of Education pays teachers and center managers.
The short ceremony was also attended by presidents, district chief executive, clergy, members of political parties and Dorma West’s director of education, Kwadu Bova, who emphasized that maximum benefit would be made from the facility.
HAF is a New York-based public charity dedicated to improving health, education, and welfare conditions in sub-Saharan Africa.
Since 2014, the Foundation has built 13 active Yamoransa learning laboratories in 12 regions – Central, Greater Accra, Ashanti (2), Northern, Eastern, Volta, Ooty, Western, Ahafu, Puno East, Northwest and Puno regions, with The remaining four areas are expected to be completed by 2024.
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