Coral Reef Innovation Hub is a company with a core focus on developing technology infrastructure; broadband-enabled devices, content, training, and resources.
In partnership with world-class hardware suppliers and content providers, the company prepares young people to participate in the 21st Century’s Fourth Industrial Revolution through the leveraging of government policies and private sector partnerships.
The company through a research and solutions hackathon has adopted a regional approach to engaging with school decision-makers, education stakeholders, policymakers, and entrepreneurs to understand the nuances and unique dynamics in the integration of educational technologies and the challenges in the ICT for Accelerated Development policy of the government and also explore potential solutions that work locally with stakeholders.
While the highlights captured in the hackathon may not fully reflect the needs of all the regions in Ghana, the findings present insights for reflections and inform what strategies to prioritise in order to advance the embrace and adoption of technology to achieve quality, equity, inclusion, and sustainability in education.
Therefore, the partnership with the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences (GAAS) will seek to explore and develop in the EdTech policy space, well-documented action steps and plans to bridge the gaps and propose effective implementation advice in support of quality education in Ghana.
The policy dialogue will provide an avenue for policy briefings within the sector and sharing of knowledge to enhance education outcomes and support the seamless implementation of the policy.
In view of the fact that GAAS encourages the creation, acquisition, dissemination, and utilization of knowledge for national development through the promotion of learning, such a partnership seeks to tap into the expertise of the learned society for an initial period of forty-eight (48) months within which we are expected to have impacted on policy issues and also contributed immensely to enhancing the quality of education in Ghana by addressing challenges and problems.
In actualising the partnership, Coral Reef and GAAS are organising the Accra education technology info session and policy hackathon (EdTech Accra) on the 13th of October that is expected to serve as an opportunity to engage relevant education sector stakeholders; school decision-makers, parents, policymakers, investors, development actors, and agencies among others on the challenges, solutions, and prospects in integrating educational technologies into improving education outcomes.
Participants will be introduced to education technology solutions, including an opportunity to engage in experiential learning.
Additionally, participants will take part in a policy dialogue on how to address the lingering challenges in the implementation of policies that guide the harnessing of technologies in education.