The Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has launched and handed over 350,000 laptops under the “One Teacher One Laptop Project” at a brief but colourful ceremony at the campus of the St Mary’s Senior High School on Friday, September 3, 2021.
Purpose of the project
The programme is in fulfilment of government’s pledge to equip Ghana’s teachers with the requisite ICT skills to prepare the next generation for the Fourth Industrial revolution.
According to the Vice President, effective teaching and learning is critical to developing the human capacity for work, innovation and creativity; necessary ingredients for capacity building.
“Teachers are indispensable pillars to this necessary capacity building. This initiative, in collaboration with the Teacher Unions, is to support the vision of the Ghana Education Service of creating an enabling environment to facilitate effective teaching and learning” , he added
What to expect on the laptop
The government will provide teachers in Ghana with laptops preloaded with educational materials and with access to an E-Library equipped with books recommended by the GES on the various subjects.
The materials can be accessed whether online or offline and with free Wi-Fi available in 722 Senior High Schools across the country, access to the almost innumerable resources available on the internet is expected to aid research, teaching and learning.
The Veep disclosed that 70 per cent of the cost of the laptop has been absorbed by the government thus, teachers will pay only 30 per cent of the cost of the laptop.
Short Code for accessing the laptop?
There has been a short code in circulation on social media which is supposed to be used by teachers to access the laptop. Several teachers have tried accessing the said code but it proved futile. Since there has not been any official communique from the GES, teachers should hold on until further made known.
Bricy Boateng will keep you updated with the latest developments.