MTN Ghana Foundation offers innovation and coding training for the deaf

By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana

Over 40 students from the Tetteh Ocloo State School for the Deaf have been presented with certificates for Web Development and Design at colorful ceremony in Ashiaman, a suburb of Accra. The training programme, which introduced the Deaf students to the basics of HTML, the building block of coding, was made possible through the partnership between MTN Foundation and Soronko Academy.

Selected students at the ceremony had the opportunity of taking their audience through some of the projects that they have help built, and some of these includes the design of a new portal for the Tetteh Ocloo State School for the Deaf and other online pages containing useful information about the various educational activities or programs run by the school.

Speaking during the ceremony, the Corporate Service Executive for MTN Ghana Foundation, Georgina Asare Fiagbenu noted how ICT is creating jobs for both the old and the young in the formal and informal sector, and also providing economic opportunities to urban and rural populations.

According to her, MTN Ghana as an organization with a vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to its customers, sees app development and ICT as tools to help eradicate poverty, create wealth, and enhance the development of Ghana as has been done in other parts of the world.

“That is why MTN Ghana Foundation embarked on this project in partnership with Soronko Academy with the primary objective of encouraging students with hearing impairment to participate in coding and computer programming,” said Mrs Fiagbenu, who expressed hope that the outcome of the training program will see an increase in the number of hearing impaired students actively involved in the development of programmes and apps.

“It’s our fervent hope that students who undertook this programme will be fully equipped with skills that will facilitate their future employment opportunities. This we hope will help reduce the unemployment rate among persons living with disability and also enhance their economic livelihood,” said the Founder and Executive Director of Soronko Academy, Regina Honu, speaking to Biztechafrica after the ceremony. She expressed appreciation to MTN Foundation for supporting them to reach out to the physically challenged persons and equipping them with ICT skills that would go a long way to transform their lives in the future.

“The training run for a month, we work with the students twice a week. So we brought in our equipments, instructors and the Foundation paid for everything. And we are grateful for their support,” she said.

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