It has been reported that sixty-two artisans in the Shai-Osudoku District, have received a one month free ICT training to help boost their operations. The artisans, according to reports, come from different trade and educational backgrounds.
The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) programme funded and organised the free ICT Training.
Free ICT Training – Example
This is like one of the numerous ICT inititaives started by governements and private entities all over Africa, and is similar to the ICT Academy Supported by SAP which aims to Educate South Africans and Africans as a whole:
The Assistant Manager for the Dodowa Community Information Centre, Mr Isaac Otu Zorh, who was also the trainer, explained that beneficiaries included welders, drivers and their conductors (mates), hairdressers, seamstress and carpenters.
The areas where they received training included introduction to computing, Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Digital tools, Internet usage and psychology of planning.
According to Mr Isaac Otu Zorh, even though most beneficiaries before the training had never seen a computer, he was confident that they could now use one and Android phones to enhance their businesses.
He stated for instance that hairdressers and seamstresses could learn new fashion trends on the internet while drivers could easily locate their ways through the use of internet maps.
He however stated that internet signal in the District especially the Shai area was poor and therefore appealed to service providers to improve it for customers have full benefits.
Mr Emmanuel Anyimi Odoi Lartey, Shai-Osudoku District Chief Executive, in a welcome address at the graduation ceremony for the artisans, said the beneficiaries were part of over 2,000 artisans from 50 selected districts across the country who benefited from the GIFEC programme.
Mr Lartey said the vision of GIFEC was to bridge the digital divide between the served and unserved/underserved communities in Ghana.
He added that the free training was done in both the English language and local dialect which made it easy and practicable for beneficiaries to fully understand the modules they were taught.
He encouraged them to put to good use the knowledge they have acquired in order for them to enhance their businesses and explore more opportunities.
Initial report by By Laudia Sawer | GNA