Old students equip alma mater with computers to boost ICT education. As the world moves towards online learning and digital transformation, students at the basic and senior high school levels need to acquire digital skills to cope with the changing times.
To support this vision, the 1986 Year Group of Obuasi Senior High Technical School donated 17 computers to their former school on Friday, May 12 to enhance the ICT education of the students.
A member of the group, Dr. Maurice Jonas Woode, who presented the items to the school headmaster, said the donation was a response to a request from the school for more computers to facilitate ICT teaching and learning.
He explained that the computers were sourced from LABDOO, a Germany-based organisation, through some Ghanaian students in Dusseldorf, Germany. He said the group bore the cost of shipping and packaging. He added that this was not the first time the group had contributed to the development of the school.
He said they had also renovated four blocks of the school including the Administrative block.
“We will not stop supporting this school that shaped our lives and careers.”
Dr. Woode, who is also the District Chief Executive for Akrofuom, urged other stakeholders to also play their part in advancing education in the country.
He said while government was doing its best to provide access to education through the free senior high school policy, other stakeholders like Parents Associations should also complement government’s efforts.
Headmaster appeals for more support The school has over 4000 students, but only 40 computers in its ICT center. All the students take ICT as a core subject, and some of them also choose it as an elective.
According to the Headmaster of Obuasi Senior High Technical School, Ernest Wiafe, this situation makes it very challenging to teach and learn ICT effectively.
He commended the group for their generous donation and said such gestures were always welcome.
He said although government had taken over most of the financial responsibilities of running the school through the free SHS policy, other stakeholders like PTAs, old students, and school management should also contribute to sustaining the policy.
“I want to appeal to parents to do more because it seems that since government is paying fees and other bills, PTAs have become inactive.”
He called on parents to support the school in hiring non-teaching staff or artisans such as security personnel, plumbers, electricians, etc.