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Ghana IT Project - developing computer skills in local communities

Ghanaian children On Africa's West coast, Ghana is a country rich in natural resources such as cocoa, timber, gold and diamonds. A former British colony, one of Ghana's official languages is English, which has facilitated the rapid increase in tourism.

As the tourist market expands, so the number of jobs increase, and with this the need for computer literacy. In the 21st century, computer literacy is a skill which is valued almost as highly as standard literacy! It is therefore a huge advantage to learn the basics of computer use, and this is something which our volunteers can help with. By sharing their knowledge of IT with students and teachers alike, volunteers increase the future prospects of each individual they help.

Just like children throughout the world, Ghanaian children are fascinated by computers and eager to learn how to use them. Teaching such a useful skill is invaluable, both to individuals and the communities they live in. From developing a better understanding of computers, job opportunities which would not previously have been available, present themselves. With IT skills, children also find themselves in a position where they can benefit from all that the worldwide web has to offer.

Volunteers are needed to help teach very basic computer programmes like Word and Excel although - if you are also able to develop databases and assist with any maintenance work - this is always appreciated.

Voluntary Work in Schools Teaching Computer Skills with Projects Abroad

Our IT project in Ghana is based in the Akuapem Hills and offers the opportunity for Projects Abroad volunteers to help the local community in a very practical way. The IT Centre was set up in April 2005 at Abiriw Primary School by a former Projects Abroad volunteer. Our volunteers are essential for the running of the centre, as the school does not currently have its own IT teachers.

Volunteering Abroad on an IT Project in Ghana

IT Project student Volunteers taking part in our IT project spend some of their time making sure that the local teachers know how to use computers. If not they share their own knowledge with them and in this way the project can sustain itself when there are no volunteers around.

Volunteers teach a variety of practical computer skills ranging from how to turn a computer on and off, to explaining software such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint and demonstrating how to use the Internet for research and communication. Other practical work includes helping students during activities, as well as creating learning materials, worksheets and a student database system.

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