Computer and Access Development Centre
Navrongo is a small catholic town, situated in the upper north of Ghana, the least developed region in the country. Even here the computer has become important. Knowledge and skills in computer use and ICT are nowadays essential for a healthy functioning economy and provides scholars and employees with more opportunities for proper employement.
In school, Ghanaian students often only learn the theory of IT, because there are no computers. The CADC offers high school students and adults the opportunity the practical side of computers. Hundreds of students already obtained their certificate at the centre, getting prepared for the future.
The aim is that CADC becomes self-reliant. Partially the centre generates their own income. CADC is run by a Ghanaian staff. Donations are needed for investments and the monthly bills. Read everything about this on our support page and deliver your contribution!
In 2006 a schoolbuilding, at disposal of the local authorities in Navrongo, has been renovated and furnished. This was organised under the banner of NorGhaVo and with the help of grants from Oxfam Novib. Electricity and facility services have been constructed and in 2007 15 computers were installed. This was the start of CADC.
High schools are obligated to offer their students computerclasses. The curriculum for these lessons is clearly defined, but the schools lack a computerlab. CADC provides the opportunity to meet the curriculum demands anyway, by presenting lessons in MS Word and Excel as well as lessons in general computerknowledge. For many students a visit to the CADC is their first encounter with the computer!
At present 7 schools, amongst which a school for the deaf, make use of the services CADC provides. CADC consults with Ghana Education Service in order to present the curriculum demanded.
By finishing the term with good results, the students are being rewarded with a certificate, an important event. A certificate shows that a student controls the basic computerknowledge and practices MS Word and Excel to some extend. This appears to be a huge advantage when applying for future employement. In many cases it is even strictly required to bring these skills.
In september 2007 the first CADC computercourses were held for high school students. During the first years Dutch volunteers have supported by being there themselves.
Together with the Ghanaian staff team, they realized lessonmaterial and contacts with the various attending schools. During weekends adults too have been participating in computer courses, prepared for those who are beginners and for those with advanced skills.
Since 2010 the centre is run entirely by a Ghanaian staff team, supported by the Dutch CADC workgroup. Working at the CADC provides the Ghanaian workers with a living and gives opportunities to meet with new skills and experience. This is a very important advantage of the project.