The absence of practical knowledge for students, poor internet infrastructure, and the unwillingness to learn about web technology, and the impact of cultural beliefs on girls education are among the factors that are said to be hindering the use of technology by both students and civil servants in the West Mamprusi municipality of the Northeast region.
The challenges with its associated recommendations were contained in a policy brief put together by stakeholders and presented to the Northern Innovation Lab and its partners Ghana Tech Lab after a local consultative stakeholder meeting held in Walewale in the Northeast region.
The meeting which was on the theme: “The role of Web Technology for Digital transformation of the Local economy for Job Creation and Economic Development” was to gather input from local stakeholders to formulate local relevant policies and strategies to further policy advocacy and strategic engagement with regional and national policy makers.
“These formulated policies would help develop a well-structured and informed curriculum for an upcoming digital skills training and business incubation programme”, the Chief Executive Officer and Co-founder of the Northern Innovation Lab Samuel Prince Junior Bako said in an address.
To gather enough insights and propose a robust policy for advocacy, the stakeholders were categorized into six pillars namely; Human Capital, Support, Market, Media and Culture, Finance, Government, and Regulation.
Some stakeholders strongly advocated for a collaboration between the West Mamprusi Municipal Assembly and the municipal office of the Ghana Education Service in encouraging practical teaching and learning of ICT in schools within the municipality.
On the effect of some cultural beliefs on girls in the learning of ICT and web development, the stakeholders argued a collaboration between the Assembly, the GES, and Civil Society Organizations in identifying “the population groups with such beliefs and have systemic engagements with them to show them the benefits and possibilities for females in ICT and web development” will be the measure to counter this challenge.
Participants presented their expertise on an ongoing National Female PreTech Training Programme, which seeks to equip twenty females from the Northeast region with basic web development skills.
The consultative meeting is under the Pathways to Sustainable Employment Project by Ghana Tech Lab in collaboration with Mastercard Foundation, World Bank and the Ministry of Communications Ghana.