The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications, GIFEC has participated in the Ghana Code Day Celebration held at the Zenith University College on Saturday, May 27, 2017.
The technology workshop event which was dedicated to La Dade-Kotonpon elementary school kids saw over 300 participants. Participating schools included La-Wireless 1-5 Basic and Junior High School, Nativity Presbyterian Junior High School, St Morries Junior High School among others.
The event was organized by Ghana Code Club, a non-profit organization with the objective of exposing all children between the ages of 8-16, especially the girl child to basic computer skills while learning to make their own games, animations and build their own websites.
Hon. Vincent Sowah Odotei, Deputy Minister of Communications who was the guest speaker at the event in his remarks disclosed that, the Coding for the children’s programme ties with the government policy to create digital literacy in various communities.
He said the programme will help the children to become active players in the digital world and urged all to take ICT seriously and embrace it as the world has evolved into a Technological World. “Our generation should become not only consumers of Technology but producers of Technology”, he added.
He, however, mentioned that the Ministry will re-develop the 194 Community Information Centre (CICs) built by the Ministry across the country and ensure that these centers are connected to the internet and furnish with the needed computers to ensure the realization of government’s quest to universal access and digital literacy. He then advised all to come on board to produce ICT products which will enable the children to have careers and become part of the technological world.
Some participants were taken through web designing, animation lessons and also had interactions with established tech partner organizations.
The sponsors included EPP Book Services, Tigo, Ispace, LETiARTS, McAforo, and mug.