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The Foundation Story

The founders of this NGO, who have worked in the development field, in ICT, and in both sectors, are worried at the  low pass levels of students sitting for Basic School Certificate of Education (BECE) results, and of feedback from business owners that our school graduates are not problem solvers. Of particular concern are the low pass rates in mathematics and science. A study of the literature also reveals that although ICT is a subject in all years of the basic education system (kindergarten to the third year of junior high school, some students go through the cycle without ever having touched a computer. We think that helping students to use computers will assist them to learn to study for themselves, and hope that our sessions with them also encourage critical thinking, rather than rote learning.

The outcomes the project seeks to achieve over a three year period are:

 

1) To have equipped primary school and junior high school teachers in selected schools in Accra’s Ayawaso North Sub Metro District with materials, knowledge and skills in ICT to ensure more effective learning of pupils during lessons

 

2)  To have equipped primary school pupils and junior high school students in selected schools in Ayawaso North Sub Metro District with learning skills in ICT that will result in improved results and/or relatively good grades in their subjects.

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Our modus operandum is to get teachers, with their students, to work in and through the ICT medium to teach and study more effectively. We have already donated hardware given to us to some of the schools we work with. We encourage students to use the hardware to do their own research and to study texts not immediately available offline, as there is a shortage of textbooks and reading material in the public school system. Students are also encouraged to enrol in programmes such as Khan Academy, in order to improve their maths and science, in particular. We also encourage interactive teaching, with or without the computer, to encourage students to ask more questions, to  interact more with their peers and with teachers in seeking knowledge, and to have lessons which are sometimes out of  the classroom.

 

To this end, we also organize STEM visits, and have been working on starting a School Enterprise with some students in Ayebeng Memorial Primary Class Six, in the 2017/18 and 2018/19 years, in (container) gardening.

We are using tablets, and laptop computers in order to show students what a practical knowledge of computers (typing, working with particular apps, browsing the internet for information on particular topics can do to help students to revise what they have studied in school.

LSS  also organize STEM visits for JHS students and discussion forums for classes in upper primary school with professionals in various fields.

We have also purchased a number of Dext science kits, for use in JHS schools, in order to give students practicl experience on certain topics in science.

The guardians of students in our schools are pleased that their wards’ introduction to ICT is happening on the school premises, rather than in the many internet cafes in the neighbourhood. Ghana is already developing a reputation as a place where cyber fraud is committed, and they wish their wards to use computers for their school work mainly in their schools.

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