Microsoft donates computer lab in collaboration with eSolutions Consulting

18 April 2018 Consultancy.africa

A show of commitment from an information communication technology (ICT) teacher in Ghana has led to the endowment of his school with a computer lab, fully equipped with dozens of systems. The contribution has been made by Microsoft, in collaboration with a local consulting firm by the name of eSolutions Consulting. 

Earlier this year, Okwura Kwadwo became something of an internet sensation, when pictures emerged of him manually recreating a Microsoft Word interface using a chalk and a blackboard, for want of access to a computer. The care with which he had drawn the interface soon caught the attention of people across the internet, and word eventually spread to Microsoft (so to speak).

The firm’s response was immediate, pledging to help the teacher out with systems to better help his students. Microsoft Africa’s twitter read; “Supporting teachers to enable digital transformation in education is at the core of what we do. We will equip Owura Kwadwo with a device from one of our partners, and access to our MCE program and free professional development resources on education.”

Further probing revealed that the teacher owns a laptop, but that its operating system and features were not compatible with those in the syllabus. He expressed the need for at least 50 desktop systems to be able to properly teach the students in line with the curriculum.

Now, Microsoft has kept its promise and heeded his call, having donated technological equipment, including dozens of computer systems, for the establishment of a computer lab in Betenese Junior High School in the Ashanti Region of Ghana, where Okwura teaches. The lab was established with support from Ghanaian consulting firm eSolutions Consulting. 

Microsoft donates computer lab in collaboration with eSolutions Consulting

Based out of Accra, eSolutions is an advisory firm that specialises in the business and IT domains. The firm offers integrated, customised solutions to firms across the continent, supporting them with IT strategy, enterprise architecture, IT portfolio management, data centre strategy, IT governance, and application development. 

The lab, established with Microsoft, consists of systems for the students as well as for the teacher, alongside a range of supplementary equipment such as furniture, uniforms, mathematical sets, storage and security units, a projector, a UPS backup, as well as internet routers with 1 year of free connectivity at 3G speed.

The incident is yet another demonstration of how much global support there is for education in Africa, given that the continent has the youngest population in the world, and could become a major economic centre if this large repository of young talent is harnessed. The digitalisation of the continent’s population further necessitates incorporation of ICT into education at the earliest.

Commenting on the move, Warren La Fleur, the Education Lead for West, East, and Central Africa at Microsoft said, “As a technology brand that is on a mission to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more - Microsoft believes that enablement must start at grassroots level - by way of education. It is the teachers and the work they do through their lessons that allow for this to happen effectively. We are extremely impressed by the work educators all over the continent are doing. As economies like Ghana become increasingly digital, technical thinking and understanding technology becomes of supreme importance.”

The consulting industry has been particularly active on the intersection between technology and education in Africa. Late last year, Nigerian consulting firm Bilyak developed an E-learning application called mAcademy, which allows students to digitally access a broad range of education material. Earlier this month, global digital learning provider eThink launched in Nigeria also, in collaboration with SmartAlliance Consulting.

Education consultants in Ghana praise new primary school curricula

28 February 2019 Consultancy.africa

The President of Ghana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has introduced a new syllabus for primary schools in Ghana under the Ghana Education Services – a measure that has met with approval from a number of stakeholders, including independent education consultancy Neogenics Education Group. 

With its African headquarters in Accra, Ghana, Neogenics Education Group is a global education consultancy that specialises in facilitating the best in educations systems across the globe by offering a range of support services specific to the domain of schooling and education.

The firm offers assessments of teachers’ pools, conducts health checks and organises school-based training programmes in addition to a number of education consultancy services. The firm is most prominently known for its Centre for School Leadership & Education Professionals (CSLEP), which looks to promote international standards in education.

Education consultants in Ghana praise new primary school curricula

CSLEP looks to use school curricula to shape the workforces of the future, an issue that is increasingly coming to the fore in Ghana. Newfound political stability has driven economic growth in the country, and public and private organisations alike are working to ensure that the right entrepreneurial spirit is fostered in the country.

The government of Ghana has now introduced a new syllabus for kindergarten and primary schools, and Neogenics has expressed its approval of the new policies, praising the fact that it allows for the spread of digital literacy amongst the next generation in Ghana, something that is increasingly of the essence in contemporary economies.

Lead Consultant at Neogenics Grant Bulmuo has called for cooperation across all sectors to help realise the potential of the new measures. Stakeholders in the new policy include teachers, educational unions, parents and investors, and Bulmuo has called for action amongst all sections.

As Ghana’s economy has grown, the education environment has failed to keep up with international trends. “Therefore, we as an educational consultancy with the vision of bridging the education gap in Ghana believe this reform is the way forward to make Ghana a global player in the educational space,” read a statement from Neogenics.