The information and communication technology (ICT) laboratory of the Fiaseman Senior High School in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipality of the Western Region has been refurbished at an estimated cost of $28,000 (GH¢202,440).
The facility was equipped with 50 brand-new Dell computers, other modern telecommunications and electronic accessories to enhance teaching and learning of ICT in the school.
It was made possible by an old student of the school, Second Lieutenant, Dennis Duku, who is also a Ghanaian born United States Army Officer.
Presenting the items at a short ceremony at Tarkwa on March 17, Mr Duku said each of the new set of computers comes with a 500 gigabytes hard drive capacity as well as a four gigabyte RAM.
He said the provision of these computers, in pristine condition, was hoped to boost the capacity of the ICT Department of Fiaseman SHS to be able to offer hands-on teaching and learning of computer.
Mr Duku observed that with the current spate of technological advancement, having digital skills will soon be a key employment requirement.
However, he reckoned that to position the youth in the country for this global digital drift, it will be critical for schools in Ghana, and Africa at large, to offer more practical teaching and learning of computer skills to students.
He said it was motivating to support his alma mater with the computers to improve ‘computer education’ and through that also expose students to advanced learning tools and platforms.
“While I did not have enough access to learn more computing education when I was growing up, I believe given my current position I am motivated to contribute to ensuring that others do not experience the same situation as I did,” he stated.
With technological advancement happening every minute, the Army Officer stated that “if they (the students) are fortunate to kickstart their studies with computers from the onset it is going to help shape their future.”
He, therefore, emphasized that the opportunity has impacted his philanthropic tendencies to support others, especially those in his community, for the collective growth of the Ghanaian society.
He appealed to other old students to endeavour to assist the development of their schools.
The Head of the school, Mr John Kofi Sagoe, who received the computers, noted that Fiasec since its establishment has undergone a lot of changes including the original name of the school.
He particularly acknowledged that contributions from past students of the school continue to shape the academic fortunes of Fiasec.
“The massive support the school administration receives from the old students has led to significant achievement in the area of academics,” he stated.
He, therefore, said the provision of the computers was timely since it will resource the school’s ICT lab and enhance the effective teaching and learning of ICT education.