DAY OF CARING 2018 RALLIES CORPORATE VOLUNTEERS TO UNITE FOR EDUCATION
In a combined class of junior high school students at the Unity J.H.S in Kotobabi, Elijah Gbologah listens with full attention as staff from Stanbic Bank share their teenage experiences and counsel students on life skills including personal development, time management, drug abuse and developing a culture of savings.
“I am happy for the fruitful advice from the volunteers today. They talked about issues some of us were facing like peer pressure and drug abuse,” said Elijah, a JHS 2 student, after the programme. “With this new knowledge, I will stop being disobedient and listen more to teachers in order to make it in life.”
REFLECTING ON NELSON MANDELA DAY & THE POWER OF EDUCATION
On 18 July each year — the day Nelson Mandela was born — the UN urges individuals around the world to mark Nelson Mandela International Day by making a difference in their communities. Everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better. Mandela Day is therefore an annual reminder to take action and inspire change to the service of humanity, in honour of one of Africa’s greatest leaders.
This positive call to action resonates with one of the founding ethos of United Way Ghana - a dedication to improving lives and strengthening communities where we live.
EQUIPPING THE NEXT GENERATION WITH DIGITAL SKILLS IN GHANA
On an upper floor of the Stanbic Heights building in Accra on a Saturday morning, sixteen young students follow the instructions of the virtual tutor in a digital training webinar. From basic coding language to the use of Java and HTML, the lower and upper basic school students between nine and seventeen years old are being trained to enhance their IT capabilities in order to take advantage of the opportunities in today’s digital world.
“This digital class has helped me to learn more about computer coding using HTML and CSS,” said Uma Abdul Sala, a beneficiary of the digital training programme developed by IBM Ghana. Uma and five other female students were selected to be part of the training during the World Literacy Day digital skills seminar given by United Way Ghana for schools in Ayawaso East in September last year.
ADVANCING DIGITAL LITERACY FOR YOUTH IN GHANA
Technology is increasingly becoming a driver of learning and growth in school systems around the world. And yet, for many young people in Africa, access to the technology training they need to obtain a higher education and quality job is hard to come by. United Way Ghana is changing the educational landscape by fighting to increase the digital literacy level of youth in their community.
On September 7, United Way held a training seminar in Nima for more than 300 students from lower- and upper-basic schools in the Ayawaso East district. The seminar taught students practical skills they can use in school and the workforce—from how to find information online using search engines to using computer applications for learning. It’s a step forward for many students.