Eunice Ackwerh, a Senior Education Specialist with the World Bank, has highlighted the need for consistent monitoring of ed-tech interventions.
Speaking on the priorities as Ghana tries to bridge the digital gap in education, Mrs. Ackwerh said the monitoring of the distribution of laptops and virtual learning programmes, among others, should not be left to the government.
“We need to have independent monitors who are talking to students and teachers… It doesn’t have to be the one who is providing or the one who is funding who then goes out to find out whether it is happening or not,” she said on EdTech Monday segment on the Citi Breakfast Show.
In general, she said the outlook of ed-tech was hopeful and called for more stakeholders to support the government.
“It is not just government. We all need to partner with the government to actually make this work; the private sector, development partners and other stakeholders.”
Also on the show, Angela Mensah-Poku, the Director for Digital Transformation and Commercial Operations, at Vodafone Ghana said she was also optimistic about the progress of ed-tech in Ghana.
“The outlook is very bright if we take opportunities to move it forward,” she said.
Mrs. Mensah-Poku further said more collaboration in the ed-tech space was needed.
EdTech Monday is an initiative of the Mastercard Foundation Regional Centre for Teaching and Learning in ICT.
This edition was on ‘Access to Digital Resources.’
About the Mastercard Foundation
The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organisations to enable young people in Africa and in indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. It is one of the largest private foundations in the world with a mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world.
The Foundation was created by Mastercard in 2006 as an independent organisation with its own Board of Directors and management.
In Ghana, after more than a decade of working with the private sector and government to promote financial inclusion and education through its Scholars Program, the Mastercard Foundation launched Young Africa Works, a 10-year strategy to enable 3 million young Ghanaians, particularly young women, to access dignified and fulfilling work by 2030.
Young Africa Works in Ghana aims to:
- Enable the growth of women-owned enterprises through business development services, access to finance, and access to markets.
- Enable young people to acquire skills that are needed by businesses in growing sectors of the economy, and strengthen the quality of education to prepare students for the world of work.
- Scale digital training and strengthen technology-focused employment opportunities.
EdTech Monday is one of the initiatives of the Foundation’s Regional Centre for Teaching and Learning in ICT, aimed at leveraging technology to advance teaching and learning.