GIFEC Rolls Out ‘Coding For Kids’
1 June 2018
Abraham Kofi Asante (5th from left) with traditional leaders of Asankragua and some students after the event
As part of government’s initiative to place Information Communication Technology (ICT) at the centre of national development, the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) is to train 150 teachers at Asankragua in the Amenfi Municipality to assist school-children there to develop and sharpen their ICT skills.
Speaking at the launch of the ‘Coding For Kids’ programme at Asankragua Wednesday, Abraham Kofi Asante, Administrator of GIFEC, emphasized that training the kids to develop coding, programming and relevant IT skills would help them to be organized, intelligent and build a strong mental foundation to excel in future.
He also added that the programme was launched in Asankragu as part of GIFEC’s efforts to provide universal access to e-learning and other digital services.
Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of the Amenfi West Municipality, George Agyiri, expressed gratitude to GIFEC and Ministry of Communications for selecting the municipality to be a part of government’s smart community project, adding that through the project, about 18 communities in the municipality now have access to telephone network.
The acting Chief of Asankrangwa, Nana Kwasi Addae, who was optimistic that the community would benefit immensely from the project, also thanked the CEO of GIFEC for giving back to his community.
The ‘Coding For Kids’ project is an initiative of the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) to equip children in rural and peri-urban communities with coding skills to enable them take advantage of the numerous opportunities in the Digital Space.
Four thousand five hundred school-children in the Amenfi West Municipality will benefit from the project.
The first phase of the coding for kids projects is currently taking place in the Greater Accra, Ashanti and Western Regions.