Below you will see the bio of our Field Associate in Ghana and a summary of WCE’s work in Ghana.
Selassie Anku: WCE Field Associate in Ghana. He represents WCE in Ghana and is moving toward developing a WCE Chapter in Accra. They currently offer repair warranties for WCE computers shipped to Ghana. He is Site Manager for the WCE Inspire Girls project in Ghana. He is the Information Technology Officer for TECHAiDE in Accra and is also Field Associate for WiderNet, a WCE Strategic Ally. He received training as a Network and System Administration Administrator from the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Accra.
WCE Context in Ghana: World Computer Exchange is looking forward to our 12th computer shipment to Tema. Our computers are preloaded with English versions of Linux Xubuntu operating system (more resistant to viruses than Windows), Libre/Office suite (can be saved in Word), Edubuntu, Khan Academy and our content pack of education, health, agriculture, environment, and technology content for offline use. WCE seeks a Corporate Sponsor to match the donations from our Partners to help in covering the costs for our upcoming shipment. WCE is now recruiting future recipients from among our 302 interested groups in Ghana. WCE is affiliated with a Boston College program that annually visits the Model School in Ejisu to develop this school with support from the Bedford Rotary Club in Massachusetts. Previously: WCE has made 11 shipments totaling 1,079 computers to Ghana to connect 37 schools with 75,292 students over the years. Many of these schools are assisted by Peace Corps Volunteers and we hope they will participate again in the future as they do in Ghana and 16 other developing countries. The costs of our most recent container were reduced due to a generous Corporate Sponsor – The Strategic Group. Inspire Girls: Ghana may join our six other pilot countries of this WCE pilot. The pilot has teachers from each pilot country co-developing and field testing 5 resources for teachers interested interested in inspiring girls to pursue careers in technology. In Ghana and each pilot country, WCE is allied with the iEARN country affiliate, which helps train teachers who are new to the internet and involves them in online experiential learning projects. IEARN is led by Agnes Asamoah-Duodu, the iEARN-Ghana Country Coordinator. The iEARN-Ghana letter of commitment is available. After the resources are ready, they will be widely disseminated through WCE’s network of 4,300 organizations in 79 developing countries. Willa Saforo of Brakwa International School is interested in being the initial teacher from Ghana for this pilot. WCE Development Officers for Ghana: Ronan Caffrey, Michael DeRosa, Marla DeRosa, Katie Bartel Gordon, Steve Mukherjee, and Bradley Palmer. WCE Regional Manager for West Africa: Jude Dela-Moses