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Mrs. Dorothy K. Gordon, Director-General of the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in Information Communication Technology, has advised students to embrace Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to open higher horizons for them in their educational pursuits.
She noted that the information technology industry in the developed countries was being driven by the youth and stressed the need to demystify the notion that ICT was for the highly educated.
Mrs. Gordon was speaking at an ICT competition organised for some Senior Secondary Schools from the Northern, Upper East and West Regions in Tamale .
The Competition under the theme, "I Can Program" organised by the Kofi Annan Centre and sponsored by Finatrade, was aimed at making students computer literate.
It was also to enable them to enhance their skills to enable them develop computer software for their schools.
She said that ICT was a necessary tool for educational advancement, growth and development of nations and stressed the need for every student to be computer literate.
Mrs. Gordon said that the ICT sector was a rapidly growing area of the economies of the advanced countries and the largest avenue for employment.
She urged the youth to take ICT seriously if they wanted to be gainfully employed.
The Kofi Annan Centre Director-General stated that the government was negotiating with computer service providers to make computers affordable for low-income earners.
Mr. R S Kudamo, Northern Regional Assistant Director of Education, commended the Centre for organising the competition and said it would help enrich the students’ knowledge on ICT.
He said computer studies, was to be made a core subject in the first two years under the new educational reforms.
The Islamic Secondary School in Tamale emerged first in the competition followed by the Notre dam Secondary School in the Upper East Region while the Islamic Secondary School in the Upper West Region came third.
They received computers and other literature as their prizes.