Mr. Samuel Atidzah, Executive Director of Gosanet Foundation said the pace of development in the world today was being driven by technology and in a bid to keep abreast with this development one must acquire knowledge in Information Communication Technology (ICT).
He said to this end a lot of people were awakening to acquiring this knowledge but many others who also wish to acquire it did not have the opportunity.
Mr. Atidzah made this observation in an address at the closing ceremony of a three day basic ICT training workshop for girls at Klefe Atsatime in the Ho Municipality.
The workshop which was organised by GOSANET Foundation, a Health Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in partnership with Knowledge for Development Without Borders
(KFDWB) also an NGO based in Vienna, Austria was in Collaboration with Ghana Library
GOSANET Foundation, KFDWB and GLA provided funds and logistics for the workshop.
It was attended by 22 participants selected from basic schools in the Klefe traditional area.
The objectives of the workshop were to provide participants with technical knowledge about the essentials of computers, equip them with knowledge in internet research and also assist them set up their e-mail addresses and learn how they work.
It was an on-line Video Conferencing type delivered over a cloud internet platfor
There were two remote tutors who provided lessons over the internet with a local facilitator who was in the presence of the participants and aided them in understanding what was being taught.
The participants by means of the Video Conferencing device, could see the on-line tutors and vice versa.
Mr. Atidzah said his organization, though a health NGO, some of its other primary objectives were to help reduce the widespread illiteracy in rural communities, promote girl child education and help them acquire knowledge in ICT and community development programmes.
Mr. Atidzah said they were creating opportunities for girls in rural communities to acquire skills in ICT so as to be abreast with the changing times.
He said though the internet provided a wide range of benefits to the user, it required specific skills and knowledge to use the device effectively.
The Executive director said those who lacked these skills and understanding could not research on the internet, access on-line courses and search for job opportunities on the internet.
He appealed to the participants to use the knowledge they acquired at the workshop to improve their academic work and also serve as peer educators in their communities.
Mr. Atidzah said they were faced with a number of challenges including insufficient computers, projectors, audio visual equipments and means of transport and appealed for support from individual and organizations to enable them reach out to girls in other deprived communities.
Participants were taken through series of ICT related topics spanning two hours each day so that their entire school hours were not taken away from them.