In 2009 our co-founder James Turing travelled to Ghana to teach in a rural school there for three months. During his time he saw classrooms that were lacking in the most basic resources, and realised the huge demand for IT that was growing in rural areas. Since then the Turing Trust has flourished in Ghana. We have developed a facility in Kumasi where computers are professionally installed with educational resources requested by the schools we work with, and have subsequently placed more than one thousand computers in rural classrooms in all of the country’s regions.
We predominately work with rural schools known as ICCES (Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills), which are vocational training colleges that teach practical skills to students ranging in age from 13-24. The ICCES scheme was founded by UNICEF with the aim of providing practical and technical skills to members of the community. These centres are built based upon the identified needs of each unique community and are open to post-junior high school students and the wider community. We also work with several other smaller Ghanaian schools, children’s homes and hospitals that similarly lack adequate governmental funding and resources.
Through our work we have seen the powerful impact that IT can have in supporting sustainable development, and we hope you enjoy seeing the results of our work in the gallery below.