GNAT organises ICT workshop for teachers

By Nana
Osei Kyeretwie/Daniel A. Ashietey, GNA

Sunyani, Aug. 09, GNA – The Ghana National
Association of Teachers (GNAT) on Monday commenced a training workshop for 50
males and 50 female teachers in the Brong-Ahafo Region on effective use of
Information Communication Technology (ICT) on their jobs.

The five-day residential programme organised
under the GNATech-ICT Project and wholly-sponsored by the Association, is an
annual affair on regional basis and the seventh in the series since 2011.

The Upper West, Upper East and Volta Regions
are yet to be covered and it aims at developing and sharpening the ICT skills
of teachers from basic schools in deprived communities to aid effective
teaching and learning of the ICT.

Madam Philippa Larsen, the President of GNAT
said the workshop would generate interest in the teaching and learning of ICT
in both the teachers and the pupils.

She explained that the project would also
facilitate the efforts of the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of
Education in providing ICT facilities for the basic schools in the country.

Mad. Larsen announced as part of the GNATech
Project, that, ICT resource centres would be established in all the regions to
equip teachers, pupils and students with ICT skills and urged participants to
remain focused for a successful training.

Professor Kwadwo Appiah-Adinkrah, the
Vice-Chancellor of the Sunyani Technical University stated that it would be a
political-economic failure of the country, if the leadership continued to
depend on natural resources to develop it.

“The better way to develop this nation is to
depend on its human resources”, he emphasised and cited that the United States
of America, Japan, Germany, Malaysia and other developed nations globally had
advanced holistically in their development because they consciously and
critically developed their human resource bases.

Prof. Ing. Appiah-Adinkrah reiterated that
technical-vocational education in the country had a lot of challenges but with
enormous potential to accelerate the socio-economic development of the country.

He said those challenges needed to be
addressed urgently and appealed to government and all stakeholders to
prioritise that in the implementation of various educational policies in basic,
secondary and tertiary levels.


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