Takoradi YMCA VTI Sets Up New ICT Laboratory
The Takoradi Vocational Training Institute (VTI) of the Ghana Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) has received eighteen new laptops together with necessary peripherals for the establishment of an Information Communication Technology (ICT) laboratory at the centre.
The procurement of the equipment was funded by Bread for the World as part of a long-standing partnership between the two organisations.
The establishment of the ICT laboratory gives the Institute the capacity to run advanced vocational programmes under the accreditation of the Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (COTVET).
Over the past few years, the VTI has striven to inculcate ICT training and digital literacy programmes into its curriculum but has been unable to do so due to the lack of infrastructure. However, with the establishment of the ICT lab, the VTI is now well-positioned to provide digital skills for its trainees in order to make them more productive and valuable.
Regional Director of the Western Regional YMCA, Nana Peperah Antwi, who received the items on behalf of the institute explained the value of the equipment to the centre and its students. He stated that training students in ICT will not only make them more productive but also more competitive in the job market especially during a period where jobs would be scarce.
“I believe that now with these equipment as part of our training methodologies, our trainees after their training with the Centre would have the competitive edge in their respective trade areas,” Nana Peperah stated.
The computers were delivered by Bernd Welte, who is currently serving on secondment with the Ghana YMCA, on Friday 29th May. Mr Welte, with the support of staff and volunteers of the Institute, undertook the necessary installations for the computers to be ready for use.
Taking into consideration the drastic changes that the pandemic has forced upon the globe, the establishment of the ICT lab at the YMCA VTI serves as a great advantage and a step in the right direction for the Institute in training young people through modern technologies for the catering and fashion industries in particular.