The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) has supported 74 less endowed public Senior High and Technical Schools selected from all the 16 administrative regions of the country and Junior High from the university’s catchment communities with a total of 560 brand new laptop computers.
The beneficiary schools were selected by the Ghana Education Service based on their resource needs in the study of Information and Communication Technology, ICT.
Apart from the Ashanti region which had 43 Senior High and Technical Schools, the other regions had two schools each.
Each Senior High school received five of the laptop computers while the 10 junior high schools got two laptop computers each to facilitate the teaching and learning of ICT in their schools or for some critical administrative functions.
Among the beneficiary Senior High and Technical schools are Asankragua, Kukuom, Lambusie, Timpani, Moree and Ofoase Senior High Schools.
The equipment were received on behalf of the schools by their respective Heads.
The donation forms part of the KNUST’s initiative to give back to the society and also support needy individuals and institutions to live up to expectations.
This gesture adds up to the admission and support for two thousand 500 under privileged students being assisted financially through the KNUST-MasterCard Foundation initiative while it admits and supports four students from less endowed schools every academic year.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Kwasi Obiri-Danso, explained that as a science and technology-focused tertiary institution that relies on SHSs for its intake of students, it considers it a duty to support those feeder institutions to adequately prepare their students for higher learning at the university.
The Vice Chancellor emphasized the need for a conscious effort to create a society of literate people instead of relying on an illiterate dominated population saying that it is through formal education that society derives innovation and creativity towards solving its challenges.
Prof. Obiri-Danso therefore laude the government’s free senior high education policy.
On behalf of the beneficiary schools, the Head Mistress of the Akomadan Senior High School, Sylvia Newton, thanked the management of the KNUST for the philanthropy and described the donation as a novelty by a university in Ghana.
She pledged the prudent use of the computers to help in teaching and learning of ICT in the various schools.
Some of the beneficiary Heads of the schools told GBC that the support is timely as they either have no computers for academic work or have only few pieces available for effective teaching and learning.
Story filed by Nicholas Osei Wusu