Accra, Dec 5, GNA - MTN Foundation in collaboration with Soronko Academy, an ICT training school, has supported 40 students of Tetteh Ocloo School for the Deaf to undergo training in coding and computer programming.
The students were taught hands on development of web applications, how to tell a story through blogs and videos, and build a network among themselves.
The one-month training empowered the students to code and build an online student portal, which serves as a tool to share educational activities within the school.
Mrs Georgina Fiagbenu, Acting Corporate Services Executive, MTN Foundation speaking at the end of the training course for the students, said MTN Ghana supported the project to empower persons with disability as its celebrate its 10th anniversary.
She said across the globe, ICT was creating jobs for both the old and young in the formal and informal sectors, and providing economic opportunities to urban and rural populations.
“As an organisation with a vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world to our customers, MTN seeks applications development and ICT as tools to help eradicate poverty, create wealth and enhance the development of the country,” she added.
Mrs Fiagbenu said the Foundation had invested over 13 million dollars into imparting and life brightening projects with 142 projects in the areas of education, health and economic empowerment across the regions.
She encouraged the students to make good use of the knowledge they acquired and impart it in their studies and future careers.
Mrs Regina Honu, the Chief Executive Officer of Soronko Academy, said their outfit runs a mentorship programme to teach children from six to 18 years, including persons with disability to code and create technology.
She said she was hopeful the course would help them get jobs and become economically independent in future.
Mr Cephas Kumah, the Assistant Headmaster of the School, commended the organisers for supporting the initiative and appealed to MTN Ghana to provide the school with internet connectivity to ensure effective monitoring.
He appealed to corporate bodies and philanthropists to help the school to build a vocational centre for students who could not upgrade their education after Junior High School to have basic skills to be productive in society.GNA