By Obrempong Brako Akomea | 24-06-2015 | Wirenkyiren Amanfrom
Over a couple of years ago, the Wirenkyiren Amanfrom Development Association (WADA), spearheaded by its indefatigable chairman Mr. Sampson Amo Nyampong and the ever beautiful Nkosuohemaa of Wirenkyiren Amanfrom Mrs. Adelaide Benneh, and with the assistance of its branch in the Diaspora, Wirenkyiren Amanfrom Diasporian Development Association (WADDA) saw the need to provide an ICT Lab for all the Primary and Junior Secondary Schools in the town.
In the words of Mr. Nyampong, it was necessary, due to the technological changes in the marketplace and for academic excellence, to put the children on the right path to achieving and reaching greater heights. He said:
“…we never had the opportunity of using computers, but that should not deprive the current generation from attaining same. We will do all possible to help them feel comfortable in their academic endeavours, he noted.”
As an indigene of Wirenkyiren Amanfrom myself, who has risen to become a Computer Scientist, without ever touching a computer until I completed my first Degree, I know the obstacles these pupils face to attain same. Occasionally, I use the ICT lab for my work. I go there with my laptop and connect to the Internet with my Vodafone Wifi. I resorted to using the ICT lab because one hardly gets a good Internet connection at Dome, a suburb of Wirenkyiren, where I reside.
On one occassion, a teacher was giving ICT lessons, and I realised that the pupils were congregated around only three computers. It was there and then, after interrogating the teacher, that I realised that the majority of the computers were not working, but due to the Almighty “Dumsor Dum Dum”, all efforts to ascertain the cause of some of the computers not functioning proved futile until the 24th of June 2015.
My checks revealed that most of the computers have display issues, connectivity problems, network problems and many more. Through the Headmaster of Wirenkyiren Presbyterian ‘A’, Mr. Emmanuel Amamu, I also learnt that the Printer is broken . A chat I later had with the WADA Chairman confirmed that the printer is indeed broken and has been taken to Accra for repairs.
This short report is to call on WADA and its executives to the dire situation the ICT Lab finds itself in. It is my prayer that WADA and WADDA will rise up and fix the problems the ICT Lab faces before things get out of hand.
•That the computers are re-serviced
•That the users of the computers are properly trained on its usage
•That the students are not allowed to use the computers unattended
•That the users of the Printer, after it has been repaired or a new one acquired, are trained to handle it with care.
•If possible, there should be a dedicated person who should deal with the Printer
•All things being equal, WADA should find ways of acquiring new computers, expand the ICT lab and furnish it as well.