An Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Centre has been established for the Abesewa D/A Junior High School ‘A’ in the Ahafo Ano South District of the Ashanti Region to provide practical training for the children.
The centre was established by the Sunyani Diocese of the Methodist Church, Ghana, and the Methodist Development and Relief Services of the Orangeburg District of South Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, USA.
The state-of-the art centre costs GH¢410,000.00 and equipped with 60 computers, 10 of which were donated by the former First Lady, Mrs Lordina Mahama.
Rt. Rev Kofi Asare Bediako, the Sunyani Diocesan Bishop of the Methodist Church, Ghana, during the inauguration, said the church was committed not only to the spiritual growth of the people but their intellectual and technological advancement.
He said the centre would improve the education of children and promote adult literacy in the catchment areas including Nsuta and Bechem.
Rt. Rev Bediako commended all stakeholders who made the project a success especially Mr Adu Kwaku, the Headmaster of the school.
Rev Jim Arant, the Chairman of the Fund Raising Committee of the Orangeburg District Methodist Church, said it was their desire to avail themselves as messengers of God to bring positive change to the people of Abesewa and its environs.
He urged the people to own the centre and use it to improve themselves intellectually and technologically.
Mr Martin Bio, a native of Abesewa and based in the United Kingdom, who was the brain behind the project, said he was touched when he got to know that the school was 60 years yet lacked basic facilities like an ICT centre and a library.
He said he sought for support for the project to help the children to be abreast of ICT as it was part of the Ghana Education Service curriculum.
Mr Bio appealed to telecommunication giants like MTN, Vodafone, Airtel and Tigo to assist the centre with internet connectivity and urged the residents to preserve the centre for posterity.
Abesewa, a predominantly cocoa and plantain growing area, is located between the Brong Ahafo and Ashanti regions.