The Turing Trust was founded in 2009 with a mission to equip the ICCES in Ghana with computer laboratories. Since then we have come a long way, from just a few computers being sent to Afoako in 2010, to computer laboratories in 76 schools and ICCES in Ghana today.
This is all supported by regular training workshops for teachers.
The story so far:
- Computer laboratory at Afoako built from scratch and a showcase for the Ashanti region
- Computer laboratories in all ICCES able to accommodate them
- Computer laboratories in the ICCES set up by the Turing Trust subsequently received further computers from GIFEC (Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications)
- Computer laboratories set up in 19 Primary / Junior High Schools
- Computer studies now taught with computers rather than on a blackboard
- The number of students taking computer studies as their vocational subject in the ICCES more than doubled
- Over 6000 students given access to IT supported learning
- Over 220 teachers trained in maintenance and repair and the use of the educational resources on the computers to support their teaching
In 2018, through our partnership with Edinburgh University, we had two MSc students conduct their field research with our partner schools in Ghana.
Andrew Ellison spent a month conducting his field research looking at how we can best provide a conducive environment for learning digital skills in Ghana. This included semi-structured interviews with 80 participants, most of whom were current or past students of the ICCES and also aspirational or current entrepreneurs. He also conducted interviews with trainers at the ICCES and goverment officials. He also directly observed numerous training sessions in the ICCES, which confirmed that ICT was being incorporated in entrepreneurial training. However, his report also found that training in digitals skills alone was not sufficient to provide an environment conducing to entrepreneurs and that ongoing financial and technical support were also required.
If you are interested to read about this in more detail, you can find the full report here.
Greg Imberty later spent 2 months in Ghana focusing on three Junior High Schools in the Bosomtwe District. Greg’s study helped us to evaluate the impact of ICT in education by running focus groups with students, class observations, interviews with teachers, representatives from the Ministry of Education and from academia as well as many questionnaires. His study used the qualitative capability approach (CA) perspective to evaluate the impact of introducing informatics in schools.
He cites many examples in his work, but perhaps one of the most encouraging is that of a girl from one of the schools being selected to attend a Ministry of Education ICT workshop. On her return, she was observed not only practicing her newly acquired skills (writing html code lines) but also enthusiastically sharing her knowledge with a couple of peers.
He concluded that whilst there is evidence that the introduction of ICTs has enabled a variety of capabilites, translating these into achieved functionings depends on individual characteristics and valuation. Through his research he confirmed that there are several factors that prevent an individual’s choices and outcomes being enabled. These include:
- unequal distribution of limited resources
- lack of support
- absence of internet access
- inadequate teacher training
You can view the full output of Greg’s work here.
Edmund Pinto (Eddie) has been our Director in Ghana since the Turing Trust was founded in 2009. He has always been passionate about helping the disadvantaged students from poor rural areas to gain skills that will allow them to make a living in their local community. Click here to read his story, which explains why and helps understand some of the challenges that students from poor backgrounds in Ghana still face.
The Afoako story
James first went to Afoako ICCES in 2009 and the plan was for him to help build a girls hostel. However, it quickly became obvious that there was also a need to equip the ICCES with computers – but they also needed a computer laboratory. Click here to find out more about how this was achieved.
Tetrefu ICCES celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017. It is a well established ICCES with a commitment to teaching ICT. Click here to find out more about some of their achievements over the last few years.
The Turing Trust is committed to ensuring all the equipment that we install is well maintained and available for teaching and learning as much as possible. We run regular training workshops for ICT teachers to ensure they have the knowledge to undertake basic maintenance and repair of the computers. Click here to read more about some of the workshops we have delivered.
If you have IT equipment you no longer need and would like to support more computer laboratories in African schools don’t hesitate to get in touch.