Tsiame students participating in the Coding Caravan
Tsiame students participating in the Coding Caravan

Telecoms Chamber & IIPGH advocate sustained coding education

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications in partnership with the Institute
of ICT Professionals, Ghana, (IIPGH), is advocating sustained coding
education for children cross the country.

AirtelTigo money services restored

AirtelTigo Management Team has informed its customers that the AirtelTigo money services have been restored across the country.

The telecom company in a release stated that “the unfortunate system outage that started in the late hours of 23rd July 2022 was resolved earlier today.”

“We are aware of the inconvenience this may have caused our valued customers. AirtelTigo extends its gratitude to all its customers and ATMoney agents for their patience whilst our engineering teams worked round the clock to restore the service.”

According to the release “while the service has come up, we [AirtelTigo] are aware that some customers have discrepancies with their balances.”

AirtelTigo, therefore, assured all its affected customers that this is a temporary issue, that their correct balances will reflect soon, and no customer will lose any amount of money in the process.

“Once again, the Management Team of AirtelTigo apologises for all the inconveniences this disruption has caused individuals and businesses throughout the country.”

For more information, customers are advised to contact our call centre on 100 or reach AirtelTigo through our other customer care channels.

Source: MyJoyOnline

Telecoms Chamber appoints Bobbie Osei as Regulatory and Research Manager

The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications, has appointed Louis Bobbie Osei, a Broadcast Journalist, formerly with Accra based Citi FM and Citi TV, as its Regulatory and Research Manager.

 Mr. Bobbie Osei, has been charged with working with key internal stakeholders to devise and deliver a government relations program that protects and promotes the Chambers’ government relations and strategic objectives.

He is also responsible for managing and controlling the process of all activities that are related to the Regulatory Relations, Research and External Communications of the Chamber.

 Mr. Osei, until his appointment, was a key member of the Citi News team, playing important leadership roles in the gathering, editing and dissemination of up-to-date news on TV, Radio and online.

 His versatility and work ethic, over the years have endeared him to different audience segments across the country, including business, politics, and lifestyle among others.

 In addition to his decade long experience in the media space from 2012 to 2022, Mr. Osei also brings to the new role, his years of experience working as a Marketing Communications executive with Origin8 Saatchi & Saatchi from 2008 to 2012.

 He is a graduate of the Bloomberg Media Initiative Africa Financial Journalism course from 2019 to 2020.

 He also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology and Music from the University of Ghana, Legon.

 The Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications is an industry association and a private initiative by the Mobile Network Operators, Tower Companies and Infrastructure Providers in Ghana, namely AirtelTigo, MTN, Vodafone, ATC, Helios, Comsys, CSquared, Ericsson and Huawei.

Source: Chamber News Desk

IIPGH to enter coding education partnership with Telecoms Chamber

The Institute of ICT Professionals, Ghana, (IIPGH), is proposing a partnership with the Ghana Chamber of Telecommunications to promote and sustain its coding program in schools within three regions namely, Volta, Eastern and Central regions.

The partnership, which forms part of the Institute’s Coding Caravan initiative is part of efforts to scale up its coding program nationwide and ensure that many more children, across the country, especially those in deprived and hard-to-reach communities, are introduced to coding.

In a statement issued by the Institute of ICT Professionals, Ghana, the company noted that the move which will create national awareness about the importance of coding and build the confidence of young people in the practical use of technology, will begin with a pilot phase to assess the impact of the project.

“Towns other than the capital cities of these regions will be selected for this pilot phase to assess the impact of the project. The project will, therefore, target 3 schools (1 per region) and impacting 600 pupils (200 per region). The schools will be selected in conjunction with the GCT and directorates of education under the Ghana Education Service (GES). The pupils will be treated to 4-hour sessions of coding and during the second phase of the implementation, the teachers will be offered a 3-day residential trainer of trainers’ (ToT) capacity-building workshop,” he said.

It further noted that, “based on the specialized software (particularly Scratch and CodeIt!) adopted by IIPGH, the teachers and learners would not need to possess any prior knowledge of programming. Essentially, they would be introduced to basic programming concepts and computational thinking. The trained tutors would then take over and continue building the skills of the beneficiaries of the project and prepare them for a national coding competition.”

Coding for Kids programme.

In 2018 the Institute of ICT Professionals Ghana, IIPGH introduced its Coding Program for Kids with the vision of revolutionizing the teaching, learning and application of technology in Ghana. Fortunately, the Institute received the buy-in of some German organizations, particularly Code for Africa, Code-It! and Tinkertoys who supported the establishment of the Digital Design and Creative Coding Hub.

The hub is equipped with ultramodern, state-of-the-art laptops, smartboards and 3-D printers. In the last four years, the Institute has trained over 10,000 young people in coding using a blended teaching and learning approach (in-person and online).

In order to promote and sustain the coding program in schools, IIPGH has entered into an agreement with more than a dozen schools including Englebert School (Airport Residential Area), International Community School (East Legon), Alpha Beta School (Dansoman), Jack & Jill School (Roman Ridge), Angel Specialist School (Tema), Oasis International School (GREDA Estate), Shield International School (Adenta), Redwood Universal (Dzorwulu), West Hill School (New Bortianor) where the Institute has introduced coding as an extra-curricular activity.

Source: CitiBusinessNews (Institute of ICT Professionals, Ghana)