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Living the Nelson Mandela Legacy: Mandela Washington Fellows Support ICT Education in Bui

Two 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI ) have donated customized exercise books worth thousands of Ghana Cedis to an ultra-modern Science and Information and Communication Technology centre in the Bui Dam Resettlement communities in the Banda district of the Bono region.

Mr. Kelvin Williams Asuma and Madam Roselline Oppong Boamah felt and acknowledged the social sustainability and inclusion efforts by Mr. Fred Oware, Chief Executive Officer of Bui Power Authority  who has single handedly constructed and furnished the Fred Oware Innovation Centre.

The duo supported the centre with 1,000 copies of customized exercise books to augment materials needed for the operation of the centre.

Mr. Fred Oware intimated that it is his heartfelt desire to give to the affected communities to help include them in the era where Information and Communication Technology is an inevitable lynchpin in all facets of life.

He was very passionate about leaving a legacy in the society and for that matter, the Bui Dam project-affected communities and its enclaves bordering Bono region and Savannah districts.

He added that he has “firm belief that the world is going to run on science and technology in solving problems”.

This has powered his dreams to make infrastructure and facilities available for the children of the deprived communities for a chance to compete favorably with their peers in the cities in science and technology.

In his words; “tickling the curiosity of the children to feel motivated to resort to science and technology to solve everyday problems.”

The Chief Executive Officer of the Bui Power Authority Mr. Fres Oware, an avid enthusiast of education with special interest in Information and Communication Technology has endeavoured numerous programmes to augment existing efforts in education in the affected communities.

The centre, among other things, will make ICT learning and application in robotics and computing available to students. It also has a space for a library and a science laboratory.

The Fred Oware Innovation Centre will make the learning of ICT and application in robotics and computing available to students. It also has a space for a library and a science laboratory. Photo by Kelvin Williams Asuma.

The centre is being operated by a team of committed persons selected by the CEO and chaired by Ing. Susan Tiwaah Badu-Osei.

“It is a personal initiative borne out of a long nurtured passion to leave an indelible footprint in the lives of the affected communities in time immemorial through science and technology”.

Mr. Fred Oware has instituted a give-back-to-community programme among which are; wiring, the extension of electricity, and the provision of light bulbs and fans to classrooms of schools in the resettlement communities.

He has also initiated “evening classes” in affected communities where devoted staff teach students especially finals year students.

The students are also provided financial supports.

As Nelson Mandela noted, “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

“We as Mandela Fellows in the spirit of community development, share the vision and mission of Mr. Fred Oware in taking ICT education to a different level in the project-affected communities and are proud to associate ourselves with the Fred Oware Innovation Centre”, the 2018 Cohort pair said.


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