In 2009, our founder James Turing travelled to Ghana to work in a rural school (Afoako ICCES).
The ICCES (Integrated Community Centres for Employable Skills), are vocational training colleges that teach practical skills to students ranging in age from 13-24 and come under the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations.
The ICCES scheme 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 continue to 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 Eddie (who was the centre manager at Afoako) decided to rectify this – starting in a small way with donated laptops and plans for the construction of a dedicated computer laboratory at Afoako.
Although starting 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. Access to basic education in Ghana increased significantly in the decade to 2010/11, but educational attainment was variable and those coming from poorer families, rural areas and deprived districts had lower learning results. The only opportunity for such students to improve their basic skills and gain further qualifications is at the ICCES, which cater for those who do not reach the standard required for other forms of secondary and technical education. It is vital that they are equipped adequately to support their students and teachers and enable them to succeed.
There are currently 63 ICCES across Ghana and as the Turing Trust has expanded, so has Eddie’s role in the ICCES. He is now Head of ICT at Head Office, which enables us to work across the whole of Ghana. Local partnership and knowledge is key to the success of our projects in Ghana.
We have had several volunteers visit Ghana to support our projects there – so if you would like to find out more, don’t hesitate to get in touch.