Leading ICT company, Huawei has been commended by the Deputy Education Minister, Rev. John Ntim Fordjour, for the pivotal role it plays in harnessing the potential of ICT to promote equitable and inclusive education for all, through its Technology-enabled Open School System (TeOSS) project.

The Technology-enabled Open School Systems (TeOSS) is an initiative in partnership with UNESCO, the Ministry of Education through the Ghana Education Service (GES) and Centre for National Distance Learning and Open Schooling (CENDULOS) as well as other key players in Ghana, Egypt and Ethiopia.

The project which is aimed at building robust crisis-resilient school systems seeks to connect school and home-based learning, to ensure the continuity and quality of learning under normal or crisis situations.

It also seeks to empower beneficiaries through enhanced connectivity, digital skills, and professional development over a period of three years. 

Speaking at the just-ended UNESCO-Huawei Cross Country Seminar held in Accra, the Deputy Minister, elaborated on the government and Ministry’s commitment to collaborate further with Huawei, UNESCO and other development partners to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 4 which focuses on ensuring inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting life-long learning.

Rev John Ntim Fordjour elaborated that, to meet the key targets of SDG Goal 4, more digital platforms are needed as an enabler and the leverage to achieve them.

He said government has put in a lot of effort through industry partnerships to reach every place where learners are found.

“We are excited about this discussion going on with Huawei Ghana and the team of experts that are sharing ideas and supporting this very brilliant intervention that the Ministry is undertaking,” he said.

He thanked the UNESCO Ghana Country Director, Diallo Abdulmahamahne and the Ghana team for their consistent support geared towards transforming Ghana’s education sector.

The Technology-enabled Open School project which was officially launched on November 25, 2021, is expected to benefit primary school students, Junior High School students, out-of-school children and vulnerable groups in Ghana.

Since its inception, the project has been piloted at 10 schools across 10 regions in the country. Under the pilot, educators and learners had access to online and offline resources to ensure that schools based in communities without internet access and electricity could benefit from the project.

As a company focused on accelerating the digital skills and the development of ICT talents in Ghana, Huawei through strategic partnerships has trained over 50,000 Ghanaians in advanced ICT courses like Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Routing and Switching, Coding, Financial Technology and Cloud Computing under its Women in Tech initiative.

This year, under its LEAP (Leadership Entrepreneurship Advancement Possibility) program, Huawei organised its maiden ICT Job Fair in collaboration with key government ministries and successfully provided employment opportunities for over 200 tertiary students.