Chinese Embassy provides ICT Lab for school in Volta Region
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Ms. Sun Baohong, has donated an ICT laboratory to HO Bankoe Philip-Akpo Memorial Junior High School (JHS) in the Volta Region of Ghana.
Speaking at a brief ceremony to officially handover the facility to the school, the new Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, H.E Sun Baohong indicated that the gesture showed by her country points to the fact that China would continue to invest in projects to develop Ghana and expressed the hope that the gesture would further deepen the cordial relationship between the two countries.
According to Ambassador Sun Baohong China’s foreign aid and cooperation projects place more emphasis on improving the livelihood of people hence the provision of an ICT laboratory for students in the Volta Region which happens to be the first project in Ghana to be executed under the ‘China-Africa People-to-People Friendly Action,’ a programme adopted at the 5th Ministerial Conference of China-Africa Cooperation Forum in 2012.
She also introduced the sisterhood and cooperation between Chinese Ningxia Autonomous Region and the Volta Region of Ghana and wished that China and Ghana strengthen their cooperation on local governments to promote healthy and strong friendly relations between the two countries
Among her company were Togbe Afede XIV; Agbogbomefia of Asogli State and Hon Helen Ntoso Volta Regional Minister and Member of Parliament for Krachi West constituency
The project supervisor Gideon Obeng mentioned 25 computers, tables and chairs, switches, routers, rack, a projector and projector screen and an 8 KVA UPS valued at GHS 80,000 as the worth of laboratory put up by the Chinese Embassy
The Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV advised teachers and students to make good use of the facility to enhance their ICT skills and commended the Chinese Embassy for their support. He asked managers of the laboratory to allow other basic schools and interested persons in the community to use the facility. Togbe Afede also tasked them to install devices on the computers to bar children from accessing ‘inappropriate contents.’
After the Ceremony, accompanied by Togbe Afede XI and Hon Helen Ntoso Ambassador Sun inspected the construction of University of Health and Allied Sciences in HO. She encouraged the contractor to firmly implement the Chinese Central Leadership’s Foreign Policies towards Africa, carry forward the Chinese spirit of hard work and plain living, strengthen interior management, build high-quality project, and contribute more to China-Ghana friendship.