IT skills are becoming more and more vital to employment in this developing country. IT education forms the most fundamental faculty one should have even before seeking for a job Many of us take for granted how advanced our IT skills are. If you have regular access to a computer you are among a small percentage of the world’s population who are incredibly fortunate – so use this opportunity to share your skills! You will be amazed just how much you know and can pass on to your eager students!
We work with an IT centre in a poor area of Ghana’s capital city, Accra. Regular IT lessons take place at this centre for both local school children and adults within the wider community. As in less advantaged countries everywhere, your help is very deeply appreciated. The School only has about dozen very basic computers so it’s not unusual to find 3-4 pupils to one computer, especially when teaching the children. You may find yourself teaching packages such as: Word, Excel, Access, Office, Power point or Paint, Graphic designing, Hardware and networking including web page designing above all.
You don’t need any qualifications for this placement, but, if you’re teaching English or Mathematics, you do need to be fluent in the language. If you’re teaching another subject, like Music or IT, you need to be reasonably skilled in that subject. Self-reliance, independence and initiative are highly appreciated and a sense of humour when the electricity fails, or buses don’t turn up, will help you to make the most of this wonderful opportunity! Like all our destination countries, the culture in Ghana is different to what you’re used to. For example, the people are exceptionally friendly and helpful, with big smiles and a relaxed attitude.
What to bring:
Laptop, Computer books, Pen drives, Diskettes, Compact Disks, and Digital Cameras.