IFAP supports information literacy training in Northern Ghana
UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) is supporting a project to promote information literacy training in secondary schools and libraries in Tamale, in the northern region of Ghana.
The main aim of the project is to increase opportunities that will broaden the network of secondary schools participating in information literacy programmes in the northern region of Ghana. It was launched in September 2005 and is being implemented by the Centre for Information Technologies, Research and Development (CITRED), a Ghanaian-based non-governmental organization.
Initially, eight senior secondary schools will participate in the one-year project. 10 students, 2 teachers and a librarian from each school will receive training in computer and Internet skills, in order to enhance the mastery of computer use in the study of subjects such as mathematics, English, science and social studies.
Inadequate computer laboratories in schools within the region posed a major challenge in the use of information literacy to provide quality education. The project would create a platform for schools to network to share ideas and experiences. The beneficiary teachers would be trained to facilitate online discussions and develop a database for educational institutions in the region.
The project would also help increase access to information by teachers and librarians, and hence improve the academic performance of students.
UNESCO's Information for All Programme (IFAP) provides a framework for international co-operation and international and regional partnerships. It supports the development of common strategies, methods and tools to build inclusive, open and pluralistic knowledge societies and to narrow the gap between the information rich and the information poor.