The Otumfuo-Agroecom COVID-19 ICT on wheels is an initiative of the Asantehene supported by Agroecom.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation in partnership with Agroecom organized a free ICT training for JHS students within Greater Kumasi to encourage learning whilst at home as schools remain closed. The Otumfuo-Agroecom COVID-19 ICT on wheels was implemented by the Otumfuo-Agroecom Mobile Learning team under the supervision of the project manager.
The training was organized for JHS students who live and school in and outside the community and not those who live elsewhere but school in the community to avoid movement from one community to the other. Batches were created depending on the number of JHS students in the community. Generally, three (3) batches were created for every community we visited. Each batch was made up of five (5) groups comprising twenty (20) students per group totalling 100 students per batch. Five (5) computer labs were created with twenty (20) computers installed in each lab to accommodate the five (5) groups at the same time in different labs. The ICT lessons were practical oriented meant to boost the theoretical aspect taught in class by their teachers. Each class was given an hour and thirty minutes. Twelve (12) sessions were held in a day and the team spent 5-days per community.
Below is the time schedule that was used;
1st batch: 8:30am – 10:00am
2nd batch: 10:30am – 12:00pm
2nd batch: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
All COVID-19 safety protocols were duly observed. Communities visited so far include; Tikrom, Okyerekrom, Kwaamo, Nweneso No. 2, Baworo etc. The project seeks to reach as many students as possible as schools remain closed to encourage learning whilst at home.