We have been delivering ICT Resources to the ICCES (Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills) as well as Primary and Junior High Schools since our founder, James Turing, first travelled as a volunteer to Afoako ICCES, Ghana in 2009.
The ICCES (Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills), are vocational training colleges that teach practical skills to students ranging in age from 13-24. They come under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
The ICCES system of schools was set up to combat youth unemployment, rural-urban drift and contribute to the development of micro and small-scale enterprise among the youth. All students study core subjects (which include computer studies) as well as their vocational subject.
The catch, however, was that the students did not have access to a computer and were learning their computer studies from a blackboard. So James and Edmund Pinto (Eddie), the centre manager at Afoako ICCES, decided to rectify this. They started in a small way with donated laptops and plans for the construction of a dedicated computer laboratory at Afoako.
Although they started from small beginnings, James and Eddie recognised that enabling students in all the ICCES to access ICT resources was essential to allowing them to develop their skills and participate fully in the growing economy in Ghana. Building on some early successes in receiving donated ICT equipment in the UK, The Turing Trust continued to send more computers to the ICCES in Ghana as well as to some other schools. In doing so, Eddie’s role in the ICCES has increased and he was promoted to the Head of ICT at ICCES Head Office.
Thanks to this partnership most ICCES now have a computer laboratory. There are a few ICCES that don’t have a computer laboratory yet. This is becuase they typically face challenges of securing an appropriate building or electricity. The map below shows the individual ICCES who have received computers from The Turing Trust. Thanks to the donations of thousands of computers in the UK, we have been able to install a total of 77 computer labs in ICCES and schools across Ghana.
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Our community-owned, off-grid computer laboratory powered by solar energy and with low energy Raspberry Pi computers.
Our activities stem from our base in Edinburgh where we teach trainees how to refurbish IT equipment.