ECOBANK Ghana Limited has on the occasion of its 2023 Ecobank Day announced a huge educational packages for the inmates of the South Labone Girl’s Technical Institute (SLATECH) in Accra and the Potters Village Orphanage, at Dodowa.
The packages, hinged on the bank’s ‘ Transforming Africa through Education,’ initiative is to help build the digital skills of the youth and prepare them for the job market.
Under the three-year programme, Ecobank Ghana and its partners, namely, eProcess International, EDC and Pan African Savings and Loans will refurbish the ICT laboratory of the school and also stock it with 21 computers.
Speaking on the occasion of the Ecobank Day on the compound of SLATECH, Acting Managing Director (MD) of Ecobank Ghana Limited, Ms Joana Mensah revealed “we have brought contractors to site to work at rehabilitating an ICT Lab, which will also be equipped with 21 computers, tables and chairs, a projector, and a UPS.”
Madam Mensah disclosed further that three classrooms will also be furnished with students’ dual desks, and chairs provided to match the long tables at the dressmaking department, as some students usually stood on their feet for lessons.
“It is our expectation that these donations will help the students in these schools improves their academic and practical performances, particularly digital skills, which is our main focus” she stated.
SLATECH caters for abandoned, stranded, missing and vulnerable children and served as remand and correctional centre for children who had committed crime.
As part of the programme on the theme “Excel with Digital Skills,” some of staff members and senior officials of the bank interacted with the students and took a tour of the Institute.
The Acting Managing Director said ICT education had become crucial in the fast changing technological world.
“If you are not technologically oriented in the current age, you will be left out” she stated.
Managing Director of eProcess International Dr Tomisin Fashina said the programme supported initiatives in the areas of education of water management, maternal mortality.
He said Ecobank was proud to commence the three-year to transform Africa through education particularly digital education.
“We want a Ghana where the youth are prepared for emerging Jobs,” he said.
The Director of Social Welfare, Reverend Dr Comfort Asare, in her remarks, commended Ecobank for the support, saying the intervention had been timely.
She said the support offered by Ecobank Ghana PLC would go a long way to help keep the institution running.
Rev Dr Asare said the refurbishment of ICT laboratory and the provision of computers would help the students become ICT literates.
The Director of Social Welfare urged the students to utilise the positives social media to improve their lives.
The Principal and Manageress of SLATECH, Gifty Terkpor, expressed gratitude to Ecobank Ghana PLC for the support.
She said she had written more than two times to Ecobank Ghana PLC for support and she was excited about the response from the Bank.
The Principal and Manageress of SLATECH appealed to other corporate organisations to emulate the example of Ecobank Ghana PLC and come to the support of the Institute.