Vice Chancellor of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) Rev. Professor Emmanuel Adow Obeng has inaugurated a USD40,000 ICT laboratory for the Centre for Continuing Education of UCC.

The laboratory, which was established with funds from the United Nations Education Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), would be used by students pursuing their Master's in Education in ICT (M.ED ICT) at the Centre.

The inauguration coincided with the opening of a week's training workshop on the UNESCO International Institute for Capacity Building in Africa (IICBA)/ UCC M.ED ICT Project.

A total of 12 participants, from Ghana, Uganda, Senegal, Ethiopia and Burkina Faso are attending the workshop sponsored by the University of Pretoria, South Africa in collaboration with UNESCO and the UCC.

In an address, Rev Prof. Obeng, reiterated the government's determination to make human resource development the cornerstone of its developmental agenda. He said this called for the training of educators to support the expansion of ICT training in the country's schools and universities.

Rev. Prof. Obeng stressed the need for public and private sector collaboration in stepping up the introduction of ICT education. He noted the importance of the Postgraduate Diploma in Distance Education (PGDDE) and the M.ED degree in ICT programmes being run by the university.

Due to inadequate infrastructure facilities, the UCC has identified distance education to increase access to university education, with ICT as a tool for achieving the university's objectives, Rev Prof Obeng said.

He said the university needed personnel with high expertise in ICT education to support its distance education programme, and expressed the hope that the workshop, would among other things, address challenges such as providing professional development for effective technology use in education, promoting technology use in educational institutions and using technology to improve student achievement.