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NGO Gives Boost to Four Northern Region Schools

2006-03-13 12:43:08
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A NON-PROFIT non-governmental organization, Northern Ghana Aid (NOGAID), over the weekend donated 200 computers, valued at ¢700 million, to four secondary schools in the Northern Region.
The beneficiary schools comprise the Ghana Secondary School, Tamale Secondary, Pong Secondary and Jirapa Secondary School, all in the Northern Region.

Making the donation to the schools, the chairman of NOGAID, Mr. Mustapha Sanah, said the illiteracy rate in the county at present was very alarming, especially in the three Northern regions.

He said Ghana cannot achieve its millennium goal in the area of education if much was not done to change the trend.

He stated that Ghana still has a long way to go to meet the global target of making sure that all children of school going age receive some form of education, irrespective of place of location.

According to Mr. Sanah, as a result of the world’s advancement in digital and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), a gap has been created, which should not be allowed to remain.

The NOGAID Chairman stressed the need to bridge the gap and for us to forge ahead as a nation.

He said in the NOGAID observation of trying to bridge the gap, it noticed that it was imperative to assist the above-named institutions with the computers to make it easier for them to acknowledge the use of ICT so as to enhance teaching and learning in the country in order to close the gap between the developed economies and the underdeveloped world.

Mr. Sanah said he believed that the revolution of ICT would facilitate convenient and reliable means of education, especially through the use of the Internet to access information.

Each school received a minimum of 40 computers with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between them and the NOGAID, with five percent of the project cost to be paid to NOGAID, to ensure the sustainability and cost effective use of the computers.

The chairman also disclosed that, for the past years, the NGO had assisted some communities in the areas of youth development, child right advocacy and is now launching a multi-million project in combating poverty, hunger and illiteracy rate in the communities.

Receiving the computers on behalf of the beneficiary schools, Mr. Abubakari Iddrisu –Alooma, the headmaster of Pong Tamale Secondary School, thanked the organization for their kind gesture.

He promised that the facility would be put to good use and ensure that all students will be exposed to it.

Mr. Iddrisu-Alooma noted further that the deprived zones in the country will quickly catch up with the fast advancement with the urban areas if other organizations of the sort could also come to these less privileged schools on time.

source: chronicle

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