Ecobank Ghana has handed over a new and fully equipped computer laboratory to the Christian Methodist Senior High School (CHRIMESCO) in Accra.
The lab, estimated at about GHS160,000 came 30 networked desktop computers and accessories, a projector and screen, air conditioners as well as comfortable chairs and tables.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony, the Managing Director of Ecobank Ghana, Dan Sackey indicated that; “education is one of the three critical focus areas for Ecobank’s corporate social responsibility programmes. Additionally, Ecobank is interested in empowering young people who form a growing segment of the Ghanaian population”.
Mr Sackey noted that COVID-19 has drastically changed the world, requiring almost everyone to be tech-savvy and digitally proficient.
He said the importance of acquiring the right skill set within the digital and technological space cannot be overemphasized, as the use of technology has taken a center stage with rapid global adoption.
According to him, ICT is currently a key enabler to efficient work delivery, permitting complex analysis, and creating new ways to share, learn and engage, adding that it is becoming increasingly obvious that ICT will continue to be the basis for economic and social transformation for individuals and communities.
Dan Sackey thereofe advised students and teachers of the school to put the computer laboratory to good use and maintain it to ensure sustainable usage.
Headmaster of the school, Kweku Acquah, who receiving the newly commissioned laboratory on behalf of the school, said the school for some years now has been without a modern ICT laboratory and the new lab will go a long way to make teaching and learning easier.
“With the newly installed laboratory, students will now be able to have access to various e-books, online articles, as well as various educational apps which would enhance teaching and learning,” he said.
This he believes, would assist both students and teachers to build capacity in ICT.
The headmaster therefore the Ecobank Ghana MD and management for the kind gesture, and promised that the school authorities will ensure regular maintenance to extend the life span of the facility.
Representing the Old Student Association of the school was Air Commodore Jacob Ashrifie, who also thanked Ecobank for the donation, indicating that the association will be contacting various stakeholders and year-groups to solicit their support to enhance school infrastructure.
The Municipal Director of Education for Ga-South, Mr. Henry Ayetse was full of praise for Ecobank and urged other corporate institutions to emulate their example.
He also appealed to old students of various schools in the country to occasionally visit their alma mater to assess its educational needs in order to provide support to complement government’s efforts.
Present at the presentation ceremony were other senior officials of Ecobank, led by Dr Edward Botchway, Executive Director and Chief Finance Officer, representatives of the Old Students Association and the school’s Board.