By Alexander Nyarko Yeboah, GNA
Tema, Oct. 12,
GNA - The first Bridge Digital Library Project in Ghana has been launched in
the Tema West Municipality to enhance quality education delivery.
which is a collaborative effort between The Mothers of Africa and US Africa
Children Fellowship (USACF), will ensure that children in Ghana with limited
access to the internet could still work with internet based educational
In an interview
with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on Friday on the sidelines of the launch at
the Kotobabi No. 2 Primary School, Tema, the Bridge Project Director, Mr. Bob
Rollins, informed that there were a lot of open source materials on the
internet that could be shared at no cost, which was a good opportunity for
explained that there were many people who lacked access to the internet
facility, but “there is another way, a lower cost way, that is to download the
material from the internet into a device to bring it to where they don’t have
He said the
device “had memory and therefore was able to and a wifi hotspot, if you connect
it to your phone, it feels like you are on the internet,” he said.
said such a learning tool was advantageous for young people because they were
protected from the harmful aspects of the internet and only made them
concentrate on the consumption of educational materials.
“So we are
saying to teachers and stakeholders that here is a technology you can use to
assist people with very limited resources and give them an outstanding number
of resources,” he said.
In a keynote
address before the launch, the President of The Mothers Of Africa, Madam Lucy
Nana Ama Essuman, hinted that Information Communication Technology (ICT)
addressed the many challenges facing Ghanaians.
the benefits of the digital library, Madam Essuman said “it is an undeniable
fact that an enabling ICT environment was needed to enhance teaching and learning
in Ghanaian schools to give better access to knowledge and innovation. This has
lead to the development of initiatives such as electronic learning and digital
government to ensure that all schools acquired the facility taking into
consideration the fact that some schools were more endowed.
Director of Education for Tema West, Mr. Francis Steel, told of the enthusiasm
of governments to project education which would translate into achieving
Ghana’s national goals of preparing the children adequately for tomorrow.
Mr. Steel, in
responding to the question of inadequate facility to support such a programme,
said “we aren't expected to get all the inputs before we start, and that there
are plans to roll it out to all schools across the nation.”
In a welcoming
address, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Tema West, Mrs Adwoa Amoako,
lauded the Project by saying it had come at the right time, “As President Nana
Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo is bent on promoting effectiveness and efficiency in
the educational sector.”
informed that the provision of infrastructure and educational tools was
expensive therefore the digitized tool came in handy to help advance the
provision of educational materials for schools.
The MCE said Ghana
had a future in education therefore
prioritizing investment in that sector to ensure a fair and inclusive quality educational
system to created life transforming opportunities for all was a worthy cause
pursued by government.