US nonprofits Friends of Yamoransa Foundation and Helping Africa Foundation commissioned a 56-capacity Model Computer Lab for Choggu Demonstration School in Sagnarigu in the Northern Region.

Called ‘Yamoransa Model Lab-4’, the facility was installed by TECHAiDE and jointly commissioned by the two nonprofits and the Office of Hajia Samira Bawumia. It is expected to serve over 8,000 children from the host school and nine other schools in within the catchment.

The computers have 30 softwares for Primary and Junior High Schools installed on them to help in teaching and learning of science, technology, english and math. TECHAiDE also installed on the computers its ‘ASANKA’ technology, which provides free access to over 500 educational books, videos and past questions of the Basic Education Certificate Examination.

Hajia Samira Bawumia said many children in under-resourced areas of Ghana had little or no access to ICT because of lack of infrastructure and inadequate skilled personnel. She noted that, as a nation, we owe a duty to the next generation to commit ourselves to the growth and development of our children.

President of Friends of Yamoransa Foundation (FYF) and Helping Africa Foundation (HAF) Dr. Deborah Rose explained that because of the nonprofits’ love for Computer Literacy Programmes, the organizations initiated and coordinated the funding for the project. Dr. Rose explained that the creation of the Model Labs began with a mandate by the Ministry of Education to educate young people in the emerging fields of ICT.

Executive Director of Helping Africa Foundation Mr. Japhet Aryiku said the Yamoransa Model Lab is a development strategy  to support projects driven by local communities and asked Ghana’s leaders to support the project in a sustainable way.