The President of the Internet of Things (IoT) Network Hub and Ghana STEM Network, Joshua Opoku Agyemang revealed in an interview that, the network hub is preparing to open up IT centres in the Bolgatanga SHS and other senior high schools in the region.
The centres are expected to promote practical ICT among students.
He made this known after a presentation on Artificial Intelligence (AI) at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT.
Mr. Opoku noted that they had started hubs for most tertiary institutions within the country but were considering operating chapters within the senior high schools to promote practical ICT education.
“As an organization, we started from the tertiary, now we are at the senior high school level, and we will be at the basic level as well. We are also looking forward to starting a chapter for the senior high schools, especially at the Bolgatanga Senior High School [to begin with].”
According to him, his outfit has had several engagements with some senior high schools. With the government’s introduction of elective ICT, it has become necessary to have centres to complement theoretical knowledge. He was hopeful that students who gain practical knowledge can get jobs without necessary going to the university
“We’ve had engagements with senior high schools where it has always been a one-day workshop. We want to have an establishment where some of this learning can happen and I know the government has introduced elective ICT in a number of schools and you can’t make ICT theory.”
“That why it is elective. So, we need to also make sure that all the ICT training can be practical so that they can have practical skills so that after high school if they’ve learnt how to programme, they should be able to take on jobs without necessary going to the university if they don’t have the means.”
The GIZ-sponsored programme was organized at the Kofi Annan Center of Excellence in ICT to create an awareness of AI technology and the opportunities available in the tech space.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Gerard Awombadek Asagi|Ghana