Let Encourage Digital Capacity Building for Teachers and Students – Mfantsipim Old Students Advocate

Let Encourage Digital Capacity Building for Teachers and Students - Mfantsipim Old Students Advocate

Panellists participating in this year’s Mfantsipim Old Boys Association (MOBA) engagement series have emphasized the importance of enhancing the technological proficiency of both teachers and students.

Their collective goal is to elevate the quality of education and ensure its sustainability.

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The consensus among the speakers was that a human-centered approach is essential to achieve successful integration and implementation of digital technologies within the education sector, leading to positive outcomes.

The speakers included Dr. George Acheampong, a Senior Lecturer and Innovations Coordinator at the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS); Dr. Christian Owoo, a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Anaesthesia, School of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Ghana; Moses Kwesi Baiden, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Margins Group Limited; and Nana Dr. Kofi Annan Afer I, an I.T Consultant.

The eighth engagement series revolved around the theme, “The role of digital technology in redefining quality and sustainable education in Ghana,” and was organized by the alumni of MOBA as part of their ongoing efforts to foster discussions on important national issues and strengthen the connections among former students.

Dr. George Acheampong emphasized that the adoption of digital technology should not impose Western-style educational systems on Ghanaian students. Instead, the country’s educational system should be tailored to local needs and norms to ensure effective implementation.

He proposed the normalization of entrepreneurship and innovation education by reconnecting young people with their local communities.

Nana Afer I highlighted the pervasive influence of the technological revolution in various aspects of human life and urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to permit students to use their mobile phones for educational purposes.

He stressed the importance of equipping teachers with the necessary digital tools to enhance the teaching and learning process, underlining the critical role of the human factor in technology adoption.

Dr. Owoo pointed out that to ensure high-quality healthcare, students in the healthcare sector should receive training in the use of digital platforms to deliver healthcare services. He advocated for a shift towards competency-based training alongside traditional knowledge-based education.

Moses Kwesi Baiden underscored the need for Ghana to embrace new technologies by supporting local businesses in developing digital solutions. This approach would position Ghana as a pioneer in technological advancements.

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