How mobile libraries in Ghana are helping children pass their computer exams

EIFL video shows children’s delight as they use computers for the first time

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Video
AUTHOR:
EIFL
DATE:
January 2016
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English
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EIFL video about a mobile library project that takes solar-powered laptop computers and internet to poorly resourced schools to give struggling children hands on computer practice. The video features Western Regional Library’s first visit to Archbishop Amissah Junior High School in Western Region, and the school’s first hands on computer class.

ICT (information and communication technology) is a compulsory school subject in Ghana, but in rural and underdeveloped parts of the country, many schools do not have computers, internet connections or reliable electricity. As a result, the children are learning in the abstract, and thousands are failing their ICT exams. The EIFL Hands on computer classes for 1,800 Ghana children project provides the children with the practice they so desperately need. Every week, regional libraries in four regions of Ghana deploy library vans to visit five schools. The vans are equipped with solar panels to power the laptops; a projector and screen, and a portable public address system to use in large, outdoor classes. The laptops are pre-loaded with educational content linked to the school curriculum, and e-books.