The Dodome-Doglome and Dodome-Awuiasu communities on Saturday raised an amount of GHc10,100.00 towards the completion of an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) centre for the local Junior High School estimated at about GHc50,000.
The fund-raising was done at a joint durbar to climax this year’s traditional Yam Festival celebrations under the theme, “The significance of ICT Education in contemporary Ghana-the role of the citizen.”
The event marked the resumption of co-operation between Dodome-Doglome and Dodome-Awuiasu communities in marshalling resources for development after 25 years of suspension.
The resumption of co-operation between the two neighbouring communities received a boost of GHc3,500 and 150 bags of cement from Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo, Volta Regional Minister, Ben Spencer Dagadu, deputy Minister for Energy and Emmanuel Bedzra, Member of Parliament for Ho-West, as well as the Ho-West District Assembly.
Nii Afotey Agbo said ICT had become a formidable force for driving education and every sector of the global community irrespective of geographical location.
He said it was therefore important that every effort aimed at empowering people to become ICT compliant must be supported.
Nii Afotey Agbo said that was the thrust of government’s ICT policy.
Mr Charles Ewoade, Ho-West District Chief Executive (DCE) said the Assembly had established an ICT training centre at Hlefi to train teachers in ICT skills to enable them to teach the subject to pupils in the district.
He said the Assembly was working to ensure that every JHS had an ICT training centre so that academic instructions would be conducted by means of ICT rather than by chalk and chalkboard.
The DCE said the Assembly would consider adopting a model school at Tsyome-Afedo to facilitate the application of ICT to all facets of teaching and learning in the district.
Togbe Dokpo VI, Chief of Dodome-Doglome, observed that “the medium for accelerated development today is ICT. Therefore ICT studies in our schools are crucial.”
He expressed the hope that prominent citizens from the two communities would support the ICT and other educational projects in the area to reciprocate the foresight by their forebears in establishing the basic schools they had attended.
The two communities honoured Mr Dagadu, Mr Bedzra, Dr Cyril Krah and Professor Benony K. Kortatsi, all citizens of the area, in recognition of their support to the development of the two community.
They each received a citation extolling their public spirited virtues.