Mrs Ursula Owusu Ekuful, the Minister of Communications has announced that coding will become part of the basic school education curriculum from this academic year.
The coding class, which involves the use of computer programs to create software applications and websites, will be mandatory for the country’s core schools.
This follows the revision of the curriculum for which teachers are currently trained.
She made the announcement at the Open House event in Accra for the winners of Western Region Girls in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
It aimed to encourage and empower girls and young women to consider education and careers in the burgeoning ICT sector, to enable girls and technology companies to reap the benefits of participation. women in the ICT sector.
This year’s program provides tutoring to 60 students who were selected from among 600 other members from various metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies in the Western Region.
During their stay in Accra, girls will have the opportunity to meet women working in information technology at their workplaces (MTN, Vodafone, Airtel-Tigo, the American Tower Company (ATC) and the National Information Technology Agency (NITA)).
She added that, as part of the introduction of the new curriculum training, teachers were being trained in ICT and coding education.
She stated that the introduction of ICT in ICT only at the secondary level was not sufficient and that it was also necessary to include students at the basic level so that all students could study together.
Ms. Owusu Ekuful stated that the Ministry of Communications worked with the Ministry of Education to ensure that the required backbone infrastructure was put in place to support student training.
A representative from the National Security Centre, Mr Samuel Anning, stated that while the centre was excited about the programme and the prospects ICT held for young people, it was also concerned about the inherent dangers for them.
Representatives of sponsors of the programme— MTN Ghana, Vodafone, Airtel-Tigo, American Towers Company and NITA urged the beneficiaries to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them to develop expertise in ICT which was the future of Ghana’s economy.
Some of the beneficiaries, who spoke about their ICT learning experience, said they were able to create websites and to develop some computer gaming programmes.
We at SmileCelebs are also elated by the announcement but when you live in a country where we talk more than we act you would want to wait for this progammed to be rolled out properly before you jump for joy.
It is also our prayer that, should governments change laudable initiatives like this should not be left unattended to or scrapped as we have witnessed with programmes of successive governments.