11 September 2006

Ghana: Aiti to Train Over 100 Tutors

As part of the on-going collaboration between the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT and the Finatrade Foundation, over one hundred ICT tutors from forty four Senior Secondary Schools (SSS) are expected to be trained in Ruby Programming Language.

The tutors were selected from schools in the Western and the Brong Ahafo regions. The training is designed to equip the tutors to mentor students for the on-going regional i2CAP (I Too Can Program) competitions. Secondary schools in the Greater Accra, Central, Volta and the Eastern region have already participated.

Ruby is a new generation and a dynamic object oriented programming language. It is relatively easy to learn and can be mastered within a relatively short period of time. It is a useful tool for developing software applications to enhance productivity in the economy.

I2CAP is an important dimension to the ICT incubation process in Ghana; it is specially designed to grow programmers from the younger generation to position them as full players in the global knowledge economy. Students who participated in the past competitions have started developing software applications.

Mr. John Awuni, Executive Secretary, Finatrade Foundation, said the foundation sees the collaboration as an opportunity to support the center's drive to create a critical mass of ICT professionals.

He said: "The right skills are needed to continuously drive organizations to be competitive and contribute to the growth of our economy."

The workshops will be held at the Sunyani Secondary School and Twene Amanfo Secondary Technical School in the Brong Ahafo from 18th-22nd September 2006 and the Ghana Secondary Technical School and Fiaseman Secondary School in the Western region from 2nd-6th October 2006. Rollout is scheduled for Northern, Ashanti, Upper East and Upper West regions respectively.

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