Ghana’s Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia said government will soon unveil a website containing all lessons and teaching materials of the best teachers from well-endowed schools, which could be accessed by students of senior high schools (SHS).
He said a lot of preparatory work had been done and that the website would be launched by the end of the year to provide access to lessons and teaching materials for both students and teachers in first-class and less-endowed schools to enhance teaching and learning.
In areas that did not have access to the internet, the Vice President said a new technology had been invented by a Ghanaian called; The i-Box and that once the device was placed in any school it would connect internet to the place to provide every student access to the website.
Vice President Bawumia said this at the Second Biennial Africa Regional Conference of the International Communication Association (ICA) in Accra on Wednesday.
The three-day conference is being hosted by the School of Information and Communication Studies of the University of Ghana to dialogue, share knowledge and promote communication, research and scholarship as well as uphold a high quality standard in digital communication.
The event is being held on the theme: “African Digital Cultures: Practices and Innovations,” and attracted members of the Association from 11 African countries and 12 other member states outside Africa.
Vice President Bawumia, therefore, encouraged all old student associations to support their alma mater to acquire the device; saying that government is negotiating with the telecommunication companies to make the downloading of lessons free for students.
He said efforts were underway to link the Ghana Post Digital Address to the new emergency number (112) so that whenever a call was placed the individual’s digital address would accompany it to the Police, Fire Service, Ambulance and other emergency services for prompt response.
He said the system is expected to be out-doored by December, this year.
The Dean of the Department of Information and Communication Studies, University of Ghana, Professor Audrey Gadzekpo, said there will be workshops and presentation of academic papers during the conference to enable the delegates to share knowledge and experiences.
Being the Convener of the Conference and Chair of the Local Organising Committee, she expressed gratitude to the ICA for selecting the University to host the biennial event.
Prof. Gadzekpo expressed the belief that it would contribute to academics in Africa and promote research, communication and scholarship.