Alcatel-Lucent Supports Soronko Foundation

A worker of Alcatel-Lucent taking some of the children through some ICT tutorials.

As part of the Global Days of Caring 2014 initiative, Alcatel-Lucent employees in Ghana volunteered by visiting the Soronko Foundation and spending the day with less privileged children at a slum at Mamobi, Accra.

The team of volunteers and the 30 children had a chance to meet Regina Agyare, a Computer Science graduate from the Ashesi University in Ghana, who is committed to empowering girls from the slum through ICT training, with a focus on IP and HTML coding.

The purpose of the event, which was themed ‘You can also make it,’ was for the Alcatel-Lucent volunteers to interact with the children by sharing real life experiences, motivate them to have better dreams for the future and train the girls to set up email accounts and learn the basics of the Internet.

During the interactive section, volunteers advised girls not to undermine the need for ICT skills, as it cuts across multiple professional areas and will provide a broad set of opportunities that comes with a variety of career choices.

Later in the day, the girls were taught how to use the internet, set up email accounts and send and receive messages.

The girls exchanged emails with their friends in the class. One of the girls took the volunteers through her knowledge in basic HTML coding.

She also explained the key terminologies of HTML and gave an example of a HTML page.

The visit gave an insight into the challenges children from less-privileged backgrounds are facing despite most of them being academically gifted.

This encourages us to continue to do more for those that are less privileged in the future, they said.

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