“Mastering the unknown”




Author of this post:

CBS Project Manager Melanie


Recently, there was an interesting “Hot line”-Documentary on Joy News on ICT Education in Ghana. I recommend it to you, especially if you are interested in volunteering at CBS! The documentary can be found on YouTube: 


When our students join CBS, we face similar challenges. Even though all of them have completed the Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE), most of them are not yet computer literate. This mostly due to the poor quality of the ICT lessons in the villages around Navrongo where most of our students attended Junior High School. Most JHSs don’t have any computer lab and so ICT remains a theoretical subject.

As after completing the vocational training at CBS, our students will be working as secretaries, accountants or in marketing departments, it is important to us to ensure that they complete the 2-year programme with strong ICT skills. We have two fully equipped computer rooms, one of them with Internet-Connection and a beamer. Next to that, we also work with flash cards a lot. This also is a huge support in moments when the power goes off and the projector and computers can not be used. Thanks to the flash cards, the teacher can still explain functions and exercises to the students for them to solve them later on when the electricity is back.

Here I’m sharing some pictures, not from the NVTI-class, but from the GIRLS’ CLUB:

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Using teaching and learning materials like this, having the equipment and most importantly: many many exercises to solve makes our computer training unique in the region here. That it is a very effective form of teaching shows in the results of the national, final ICT exams by the National Vocational Training Institute, where our students graduate with excellent marks. Also, we get very good feedback from the offices where our students go on their summer internship. With the launch of the GIRLS’ CLUB this year, it was an experiment to see what we can teach in two months only – and that with only two hours of training a week – and here too, our methodologies did not disappoint us: The first few batches showed that coming in with almost no experience with working on the computer and having difficulties to navigate the mouse, after just eight lessons, the girls can work with 50+ command buttons from four different tabs on their own!

About the author:
Melanie is a social anthropologist and holds a MA in Development Studies with a focus on Local Development Strategies from the distinguished Institute of Social Studies in The Hague. She is a qualified trainer of youth leaders in Africa-Europe Youth Cooperation and has led youth projects in Switzerland, Ghana and Kenya.
Melanie is a Co-Founder of CBS Business School and the Co-President of Sono Foundation Switzerland.

The CBS blog is written by staff members, volunteers and by CBS students. The various authors write about courses and activities at CBS as well as about daily life, the culture of Navrongo and their intercultural experiences and travel adventures.

The purpose of the blog is to provide an insight into daily life at CBS and in Navrongo to future volunteers, to families and friends of volunteers and to supporters of CBS / SFS.

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