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ICT services to students in the greater Accra region of Ghana: An initiative of the Ghana Library Board (GhLA) towards the development agenda

Patience Emefa Dzandza (Department of Information Studies, University of Ghana School of Information and Communication Studies, Legon, Ghana)

Information and Learning Sciences

ISSN: 2398-5348

Article publication date: 10 July 2017

Abstract

Purpose

This paper aims to describe an information and communication technology (ICT) training programme in the central library in Ghana, to discuss the benefits of the programme and the challenges faced by those delivering it and to relate this work to the broader development goals of the UN and the Africa Union (AU), offering some recommendations on how the programme can be made more effective.

Design/methodology/approach

The study adopted a qualitative approach to help determine the modality of the programme to two junior high schools (JHSs) in the area that benefit weekly from the training programmes offered at the ICT corner. Interviews were conducted with two staff of the ICT corner to help gather information on the services that the ICT corner offers and the challenges with the programme; ICT teachers and a library coordinator of the two JHSs were also interviewed to find out about their opinion on the programme and the impact they think the programme can make to help achieve the agenda of equipping the youth with ICT skills. Focus group discussions were held with two classes from the JHSs for them to indicate the ICT skills they have acquired from the training and what they can use the skills to achieve. The researcher also witnessed two training sessions and observed daily activities of the ICT corner and the method of instruction.

Findings

The study brought to fore the contribution GhLA is making to help Ghana achieve Agenda 2063 and 2030 by helping students acquire basic ICT skills that are motivating them to use computers in their daily activities.

Originality/value

The study highlighted the importance of libraries in the twenty-first century and recommendations were made, among others, that, the facility should be replicated in all public libraries to be used by schools that do not have their own ICT lab in Ghana and the library should employ more staff to help with the training.

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Citation

Dzandza, P.E. (2017), "ICT services to students in the greater Accra region of Ghana: An initiative of the Ghana Library Board (GhLA) towards the development agenda", Information and Learning Sciences, Vol. 118 No. 7/8, pp. 393-405. https://doi.org/10.1108/ILS-06-2017-0052

Publisher

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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