Image

12:42 AM / Monday October 3, 2022

29 May 2020

In a recent inter-continental video conference, Ghanaian and U.S. leaders are named to the board of The Collaboration for IT and Communications Excellence

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
May 29, 2020 Category: Diaspora Posted by:

A group of business, professional, academic, civic and public-sector leaders from Northern and Southern Ghana, and across the U.S. recently convened by video conference, in the first, inter-continental organizational board meeting for The Collaboration for IT and Communications Excellence.

The attendees affirmed the non-profit organization’s mission statement, which is,  “To help Ghana’s students and entrepreneurs to become leaders in a tech-driven global economy,” and announced its executive committee, board members, and key staff members, all drawn from Greater Accra and from cities across the U.S.

 In addition, board committees were formed and an ambitious schedule of first-year objectives were outlined for the organization, which was originally launched, in 2016, as a 501(c)3 entity — the Pennsylvania-incorporated African Bicycle Contribution Foundation.

 In its new iteration, the foundation has initiated a process for incorporation in Ghana.

The executive committee includes board chair A. Bruce Crawley (Philadelphia), vice chair Dr. Samuel Quartey (Ghana), the Hon. Karen Smith Woodson, Esq. (Atlanta), corporate secretary, executive director/treasurer Patricia Marshall Harris (Philadelphia), and board members Manish Nambiar and Dzifa Gomashie , both of Accra. 

In a demonstration project in January 2020, the foundation donated a fully functional computer lab, including 10 laptop computers, related equipment, 20  headphones, and a 65” monitor to the students at the Girls Model School, in Nabdam District, located in Ghana’s Upper East Region. 

In addition, when Collaboration leaders realized that usable desks that had previously been available to the general school population had been transferred into the computer lab, they also contributed 80 new, metal combination desks to the school.

In 2019, the IMF, in 2019, named Ghana the fastest-growing economy in the world. But even as early as 2007, following the publication of a Ghana Country Report, titled, “ICT in Education in Ghana,” the country’s Ministry of Education began to recognize that the future of Ghana’s economy would be directly dependent upon the ability of its basic-level students to adapt to new ICT curricula that were becoming foundational for facilitating the country’s ability to compete with tech-driven economies in Africa, and worldwide.

Since that time, Ghana has recognized that two primary resources would be indispensable to achieving its tech-related goals: a national availability of IT-certified classroom teachers, and student access to material resources, including computers, monitors, IT textbooks, power sources and Internet connectivity.

Indeed, in that same 2007 Ghana Country Report, author Kofi Mangesi identified four, key “inhibiting factors” that predated the ICT policy, many of which still pertain in 2020. They were:

•  Access to ICTs still remains highly inadequate and unevenly distributed through Ghana, with an urban bias;

•  The capacity of teachers and educators to deliver policy still remains low with many averse to adopting ICTs in the classroom or with inadequate skills;

•  A lack of adequate collaboration between the Ministry of Education and Ghana Education service or other implementation agencies such as ministries, departments, and agencies; and

• Inadequate partnerships and collaboration between the ministry and the private sector.

According to Crawley, the collaboration’s board chair, those challenges are perfectly matched with the objectives and diverse skill sets of the members of the foundation. “When we formed the new collaboration, foremost in our minds was that its mission would be best accomplished if we could generate full strategic cooperation between African and American leadership, in support of the Ministry of Education’s objectives,” Crawley said. 

“That, we thought, would help to expedite the delivery of ICT advantages to the schools, and to the Ghanaian economy, as a whole.”

“We have worked diligently to create this new partnership,” vice-chair of the collaboration’s board, Dr. Quartey, said.  “Our agenda is designed to speed the delivery of critically important IT skills to under-resourced, rural Ghanaian students, and to our young entrepreneurs. We’ll all learn a great deal from one another, as we move this issue forward. It was time that we did so.”

As the International Finance Corporation opined in its 2018 report, “Digital Skills, Sub-Saharan Africa, Spotlight on Ghana,”: 

“The labor market for digital skills in Sub-Saharan Africa, and specifically, Ghana, is already highly developed, and demand is expected to grow.”

“Ghana alone will offer nine million digital jobs and nearly $4 billion in revenue potential through 2030,” the report continued.  

“Foundational skills taught in school must include basic digital skills, at a minimum. Digital skills are now considered as essential for future work as reading, writing and math.”

  • Facebook
  • Twitter

Leave a Comment

Recent News

Stateside

Biden signs bill to avert government shutdown, aid Ukraine

October 1, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email By KEVIN FREKING WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden signed into law Friday...

Education

A message from Superintendent Watlington regarding the shooting outside of Roxborough High School

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Dear School District of Philadelphia staff and families, The School District of Philadelphia...

Entertainment

The Jacksons in concert on September 10

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email (Photos/Afea Tucker) The Jacksons — Jackie, Tito, and Marlon, along with a backup...

Diaspora

Puerto Ricans await aid, fret about post-hurricane recovery

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: A man points to a home that was collapsed by Hurricane...

Go With The-Flo

Lil Wayne is looking to make a big profit from the sale of his waterfront Miami Beach mansion

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email ABOVE PHOTO: Lil Wayne (Paul Smith / Featureflash / Shutterstock) By Flo Anthony...

Food And Beverage

What’s Cookin’? Vegan Shortbread Cookies

September 30, 2022

Tweet Share Pin Email Tweet Share Pin Email Related Posts What’s Cookin’? Chewy Five Ginger Spice Molasses...

The Philadelphia Sunday Sun Staff