As part of its Cooperate Social Responsibility, MTN Ghana Foundation in partnership with Soronko Foundation innovates encoding training for Tetteh Ocloo school for the Deaf at Ashiaman.
The objective of this project is to encourage students with hearing impairment to participate in coding and computer programs. The training included building a network among the participants, brush up on computer basics, hands on development of web application, introduction to problem solving and critical thinking in our human centered design, teach them how to tell their stories through blogs and videos, teach them how to monetize on their apps and ideas with e-commerce and many more.
Speaking at the event, the Ag. Corporate Services Executive, Mrs Georgina Asare Fiagbenu , explained that, MTN sees Apps development and ICT as tools to help eradicate poverty and create wealth.
She hoped that students who undertook this program will be fully equipped with skills that will facilitate their future employment opportunities. She believes that, the project will help reduce the unemployment rate among persons living with disability and also enhance their economic livelihood. On this done , all of these beneficiaries will be able to contribute their quota to the development of the country.
According to Mrs. Asare Fiagbenu , creating opportunities for physically challenged persons to become self-reliant has been of keen interest to the MTN Foundation, as a result they have implemented some few initiatives which aims at empowering persons living with disability.
She said, the MTN Ghana Foundation is sponsoring 20 students of Theresa’s Vocational Institute at Akatsi for three years. In 2012, MTN Foundation launched Alternative livelihood project in Koforidua which provide 150 MTN motorized customized tricycles for physically challenge persons in high traffic locations across the country. 1
These also served as sales points for airtime, SIM cards, mobile money registration and a source of employment as well as income for persons living with disability.
In her welcome address, Mrs Georgina Asare Fiagbenu, disclosed that “when we empower members of our communities, it will enable them to sustain livelihoods which will go a long way to alleviate poverty and improve living conditions within the communities”. She therefore encouraged the students to work hard and use the opportunity granted them to transform their lives and impact others in the society.
Mr. Kumah Cephas, the Assistant Headmaster for Tetteh Ocloo school for the deaf expressed his profound gratitude to the MTN Ghana Foundation for their unwavering support to the livelihood in the country.