Australian High Commission Supports Computer Literacy in Bosome Freho
8 August, Kokofu-Anhwiaso – The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ms Joanna Adamson, has commissioned a new computer laboratory near Kumasi to promote computer literacy among Ghanaian rural youth.
Speaking at the launch ceremony of the Information Computer Technology (ICT) Centre at the Kokofu-Anhwiaso Primary School (Bosome Freho District, Ashanti Region), Ms Adamson said that improving education would help Ghana’s rural youth to reach their potential.
“This ICT Centre will teach the children of Kokofu-Anhwiaso to use computers, which they can use to know more about the world, find better jobs, and give back to their community,’ Ms Adamson said.
The ICT Centre was funded by an AUD15,000 (GHS49,300) grant from the Australian High Commission in Accra, alongside funding provided by local NGO the Dr Kate Foundation, as well as community contributions to physically build the Centre.
“This type of cooperation between partners and local community buy-in can really accelerate developmental projects in Ghana,’ said Dr Kate O’Shaughnessy, a former Second Secretary at the High Commission.Dr Kate was made a Queen Mother of Kokofu-Anhwiaso in 2011, and has maintained her strong connection with the village since returning to Australia in 2013.
The High Commission’s Direct Aid Program funded 21 projects in 2013-14 with a total of AUD325,000 (GHS1,067,500) in nine countries in West Africa. More than AUD100,000 (GHS328,500) was dedicated to projects in Ghana.