To break the digital divide, John Ntim Fordjour, the deputy minister of education, has reaffirmed the government’s commitment to closing the nation’s digital gap.
He pointed out that, under the direction of organizations like the Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC), the government had made a sizable investment to ensure that the digital infrastructure is properly dispersed even in the country’s most difficult-to-reach locations.
Mr. Fordjour was speaking to students in Accra as the Ghana Union of Professional Students launched its first national student app (GUPS CONNECT).
The minister emphasized the importance of kids developing digital literacy and skills in today’s society. Therefore, he invited students to download the GUPS Connect App since it would serve as a platform for more innovations, inventions, and enterprises.
Francis-Xavier Sosu, a member of parliament from the Madina Constituency, emphasized the necessity for students to make investments in the digital realm because the post-COVID-19 economy will be a digital one, hence the need to break the digital divide.
He commended the GUPS team’s efforts in developing an original concept to address problems in the academic sector.
We shall perish if we don’t innovate, therefore any time an institution works together to create and find a solution, he declared, we are moving forward.
But Mr. Sosu pleaded with the government to support funds for the digital infrastructure and to be able to teach more people to benefit from the digitization drive.
App developed to help break the digital divide
According to Emily Jemima Nyarko, president of the Ghana Union of Professional Students, the GUPS Connect app was developed to close the gap between students and institutions and advocate for a better future.
She said, “The software is available on the Apple Store and Google Play Store.
She also promised to help get supplies to the union’s member colleges.
Students from a few chosen tertiary institutions as well as the Legon Presbyterian Boys’ Secondary School, the event’s host institution, were present.