The Deputy Minister of Education, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum has called on the youth of Ghana to show a keen interest and focus on education in information, communication and Technology (ICT) in order realise their talent in the information society.
He said the world we know some decades ago has turned into a technological world, everything today is 99% tech, adding the if the youth focus in that field they can help in promoting the development of the country.
Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum on a visit the Ghana-India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT in Accra said the youth needs to know more about the internet of things (IoT) to match in line with the global trends. he stated factually that technology has improved the lives of many young people in other countries with the exception of Ghana.
He was there to get first-hand information about new software being developed by the centre to aid Science Technology and Mathematics (STEM) education.
He observed that access to ICT is not a major challenge for the youth in the developing world and that has helped transform the economy of such countries, adding that ICT was needed in the school curricula to enable students to study with the most current technology.
“This can only be achieved if we have the critical mass and acknowledge this centre as one that has amassed enough populace for the IT sector. For instance, students and graduates from the centre are being leveraged on from time to time. Their skills are enough to help industries in the country leap forward with regard to their ICT needs,” he added.
He disclosed that a software centre has been set up in Bolgatanga as well as a smart technology centre in Sunyani to help those in that field to also have access to the new initiatives in IT.