Computers and the internet have the potential to open up a world of educational and learning opportunities for school children. However, schools in Ghana face challenges in using digital technology: they have limited network connections, unreliable power and low numbers of devices. Some schools have no ICT infrastructure.
In 2023 the EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) with partner organizations launched a two-year project, ‘Digital learning @ Ghana public libraries’. The project builds the capacity of 15 regional and district public libraries that currently have internet connections and computers for public use to train school students aged 12 - 18 in digital and information literacy skills, and to introduce them to free and open online educational resources.
The training will cover use of different digital devices (computers, tablets, mobile phones) and applications (MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint); internet searching; digital reading; online safety; computer coding, and finding and using online educational resources in subjects identified by teachers and learners. The librarians will also visit schools where they will conduct short classes and training sessions with teachers and children.
The project is supported by the Internet Society Foundation through the Strengthening Communities, Improving Lives and Livelihoods (SCILLS) grants programme.
EIFL’s partners are -
- Ghana Library Authority (GhLA), the government agency mandated to establish, equip, maintain, and manage public libraries in Ghana. In all, GhLA manages a network of 115 public libraries across the country.
- TechSoup, a non-profit international network of non-governmental organizations that provides nonprofits, libraries, and foundations with technology solutions and skills to improve lives.
2023 - 2025
- Assessing digital skills and learning needs of children and teachers;
- Organizing national events for stakeholders to raise awareness about the project and the potential of the internet for providing educational opportunities and learning resources for school children;
- Training librarians and ICT staff from 15 regional and district public libraries to provide digital skills and information literacy training to children;
- Reaching out to schools and conducting short digital skills and information literacy classes and training sessions with teachers and children;
- Organizing and facilitating digital learning workshops to introduce children to selected online educational and learning resources, and guide them in the use of these resources;
- Assessing the impact of the project on school children’s ICT skills and education.
Contact: Ugne Lipeikaite, EIFL-PLIP Impact Manager: ugne @ eifl.net
More about EIFL’s previous work with public libraries in Ghana -