Presby Unit launches ICT project to improve learning in Bolgatanga

A project that seeks to improve the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) by teachers and school administrators has been launched by the Presbyterian Education Unit. The project is a partnership between the Upper Presbytery of the Presbyterian church of Ghana and some Dutch development organisations.

“It is a scheme known as connect for change” and has the overall objective to improve teaching and learning of ICT for students at the basic level in three pilot schools.

The ICT project coordinator, Mr. Cletus Zoot, noted that ICT could enhance and support teaching and learning in schools.

He said although the government was making efforts in this direction, that was not enough, hence, the need for other stakeholders to come in.

Mr. Zoot explained that each of the beneficiary schools-Bolgatanga Presby JHS, Garu Presby JHS and Gambaga Presby JHS-would get one laptop computer for administration, one printer, one projector, seven desktop computers, a wireless modem and one Uninterrupted Power supply device.

He said in the long term, the project hope to establish a well-resourced computer laboratory for each of the pilot schools, equipped with e-content and data management software.

The chairman of the Upper Presby of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Esmund Wasau Nagba, said the time had come for religious bodies and the state to deepen their partnership to ensure quality education.

Rev. Nagba noted that quality education was the hallmark of every progressive nation and added that essential ingredients such as infrastructure, well-trained, fully equipped and motivated teachers, teaching and learning materials, as well as pupil environments must be in place to achieve results.

He said the PCG had contributed immensely to education delivery by working in partnership with the government in the establishment of schools and collages of education.

Rev. Nagba added that the Presbyterian Church was synonymous with discipline and the church placed much premium on setting very high moral standards among people.

He identified indiscipline among the youth of today, the breakdown of moral fibre in most schools, lack of supervision and monitoring, lack of commitment and passion for teaching by teachers, among others, as some of the challenges of the educational system.

He, therefore, renewed the call for religious bodies to be given full control of their schools to restore discipline and bring about the quality desired.

Source: Daily Graphic

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