How an EIFL-supported mobile library project in Ghana helped thousands of children to pass crucial ICT exams

The impact of the Hands-on Computer Classes for 1,800 Ghana children project, a partnership between EIFL and the Ghana Library Authority

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Case Study
AUTHOR:
EIFL
DATE:
May 2020
DOCUMENT LANGUAGE:
English
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From 2015 to 2019 EIFL supported a mobile library project that helped over 3,200 children attending poor and rural schools in four regions of Ghana to pass the crucial Basic Education Certificate Exam (B.E.C.E.), which determines progress to secondary school.

ICT (Information and Communication Technology) is one of eight compulsory subjects in the B.E.C.E. However, many schools in poor and rural areas of Ghana do not have computers or internet connections. As a result, children learn ICT in the abstract. Without practical experience - sometimes without ever having seen or touched a computer - thousands of children fail every year, and are taken out of school by parents who cannot afford school uniforms and fees. 

This two-page brochure, based on a feature article originally published in EIFL’s 2019 Annual Report, describes how four regional mobile libraries equipped with solar-powered laptops and mobile internet travelled to 20 under-resourced rural schools in four regions of Ghana to give the children hands-on computer practice and help them pass their exams.