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MoE Plots Solar Laptops – Deputy Minister


As part of strategies for improving the quality of teaching and learning in Basic schools, the ministries of education in collaboration with GES have piloted solar laptops at the Gbawe Cluster of Schools.

The piloting which lasted for two weeks was led by.  Mr. Roland Carson of Wewi Technologies of Canada.

The Deputy Minister in charge of Pre-Tertiary education, Hon. Alex Kyeremeh, said these at a pilot demonstration programme of solar laptops (SOL) at the school.

He noted that significant progress has been made in access to education over the years, however, quality remains an issue, thus the Ministry was thinking outside the box.

According to Hon. Kyeremeh, each of the 150 schools have been supplied with 24 laptop computers and accessories.

To increase the number of community participation in ICTs, and also reduce cost, the Government was considering acquiring solar powered laptops.

Hon. Kyeremeh said Ghana could not afford to sleep as several countries are investing enormous amounts of resources and efforts in getting ICT in education.

He urged teachers to change from being technology instructors to constructors, facilitators and orchestrators of learning environments.

The Chief Opoerating Officer (COO) of Wewi Telecommunications Inc., Mr. Roland Carson, said SOL have been deployed in Nigeria, DR Congo, Niger, Cameroon and some parts of Angola.

The Ministry last year received a proposal from Wewi Telecommunications Inc., an IT company based in Ontario, Canada to provide solar laptops and accessories to schools

The project is targeted at schools in rural areas with no access to electric power as well as areas where power supply is not reliable or regular.





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