MTN provides ICT centre for the Blind

MTN Ghana, through the MTN Ghana Foundation has constructed a 20-seater Information Communication Technology Centre (ICT) worth GH¢130,000.00 for the Akropong School for the Blind.

A statement issued in Accra on Friday by Mrs Georgina Fiagbenu, Corporate Communications Manager, MTN said the MTN Foundation also presented a 33 seater bus worth GH¢86,000.00 to the school.

It said the bus is expected to help alleviate the transportation challenges faced by the school especially when the students have to travel outside the town.

It said the ICT Centre Would serve as a computer training centre for more than 500 students.

“The support will equip the visually impaired students with ICT skills and help them improve their academic work,” it added.

The statement said the MTN Ghana Foundation made a commitment to the school to provide a one-storey boys’ dormitory, a 20-seater ICT centre and a 33-seater bus over a three-year period at a total cost of GH¢566,000.

It said in March 2012, the company handed over to the school’s authorities the boys’ dormitory building, comprising 16 rooms and an office. The dormitory project is currently accommodating about 200 students.

Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation said “ICT has become the driving force for development and innovation across the globe and it is critical for students including visually impaired students to have access and use it to support their studies”.

She said MTN Foundation would continue to invest in these interventions to support and promote gains in capacity building, greater flexibility and efficiencies for learning among teachers and students so that the general quality of education improves.

Madam Mahela Narh, Head teacher of Akropong School for the Blind thanked MTN for the numerous supports given to them over the years.

Mrs Lordina Mahama, First Lady commended MTN for the great initiative.

The MTN Foundation, has invested more than GH¢13 million in various community development projects in the areas of health, education and economic empowerment. GNA

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