Iddi Yire, GNA
Accra, July 18, GNA – The World is
supporting Ghana’s digital transformation as part of efforts to help address
development challenges such as providing access to information, overcoming
remoteness, exclusion and offering economic opportunity for youth empowerment.
Mr Victor Adadjie, Monitoring and Evaluation
Coordinator, eTransform Project Ghana, said the World Bank had provided support
through the transform project to the tune of $3.1 million towards the digital
entrepreneurship and skills agenda of the Government for the establishment of
an mlab (a fully managed cloud database service that hosts databases) and two
iHubs (Innovation hub) and implementation of innovation programmes.
He said the mlab, which is also known as the
Ghana Tech Lab received $1.2 million, whilst the iHub Accra and iHub Kumasi
were allocated $1.4m and $0.5m respectively.
He said the mlab Accra, which was
responsible for implementing the robotics and coding component of the
innovation programme, had one of the best equipped mobile App Labs in the West
Mr Adadjie said this in Accra at the Youth
Transforming Africa Roundtable, organised by the World Bank as part of activities
marking the 2019 World Youth Skills Day on the theme “Preparing Young Africans
for the Future of Work by Developing their Interest in Science, Technology,
Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)”.
The World Development Report 2019 focused on
the ‘’Changing Nature of Work’’, in a context where the progress of technology
is reshaping work.
The Accra forum, which was also a live
video-conference, was observed by youth across major cities in Africa such as
Abuja, Dakar, Nairobi, Niamey, Abidjan, Cotonou and Maseru.
In attendance were students from Methodist
Girls’ Senior High School at Mamfe Akuapem in the Eastern Region, winners of
the 2019 World ROBOFEST Competition held in Michigan in the United States of
Mr Adadjie noted that they were successfully
implementing a National Mobile App training programme in Ghana, and that, the
demand for a National App Development training of which coding was part was
He said the four stages of the National
Mobile App training were preliminary, training, hackathon and post hackathon.
On robotics, Mr Adadjie noted that an
arduino class had been organised for 30 persons for a one month period.
He said tools and equipment for robotics had
just been procured by mlab and the installation was expected to be completed by
the end of August.
He said first full-scale robotics training
was scheduled for September this year.
Mr Adadjie said the Al Rayan International
School in East Legon, Accra, had already expressed interest in the training.
Madam Josberta Gyan Kwakye, Head of
Communication, Free Senior High School Secretariat, Ministry of Education, said
the world was fast moving towards a digital innovation and creative world,
hence the need to train the youth in the area of STEM so that they would stay
competitive and remain relevant to job market.
She said there were a lot of reforms that
the Ministry of Education was putting in place to ensure the country achieved
Madam Diarietou Gaye, Director, Strategy and
Operations, the World Bank Group, Africa Region, speaking via a
video-conference, said the World Bank was interested in ensuring that something
was done for the young people of Africa.
She said this was because about 11 million
young Africans come every year on the world market, adding that, they were
confronted with a market for which they were not prepared.
“So, this day is really to give you all an
opportunity to understand what the future of job is going to be. And to give
you an opportunity to look at what is happening in areas like digital
technology, mathematics and science, which are where the future career of the
world are going to be.”