Our main partner in Ghana, Edmund (Eddie) Pinto runs the Kumasi hub with technical support from Sam Edanake.
Eddie is also the Head of IT for the ICCES and so well placed to lead our operations in Ghana. He is in regular contact with all the ICCES and passionate about supporting the education of disadvantaged students.
Their work includes:
- assessing ICCES / schools to ensure that they are ready to receive computers paying particular attention to the proposed room to be used as a computer lab, security and electricity supply
- checking all the equipment that arrives from the UK to ensure it is in full working order before being deployed in ICCES / schools
- organising transport to ICCES / schools and setting up the computer labs
- training staff in basic maintenance and repair of computers and in the effective use of the educational resources provided
- setting up computer networks
- providing support for maintenance and repair (remotely, on site or return to base) and establishing this on a long-term sustainable basis
- ongoing monitoring and evaluation
Eddie also hosts volunteers from the Turing Trust who visit Ghana to support our projects there. This can involve working at a specific ICCES, setting up networks, training, monitoring and evaluation and most recently an MSc student working on a project about the impact of donated technology and the accumulation of e-waste in Kumasi, Ghana.
Training is key and always in demand. Our volunteers have had a significant role in helping us deliver training – from the production of manuals in the UK to delivering training sessions to individuals and groups in Ghana.
If you would like to get involved in our work in Ghana, then don’t hesitate to get in touch. There are so many ways to help.