Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has launched an Integrated Online Learning Programme (IOLP) to offer about 3,000 free certificate courses.
To be run by the University of Ghana in collaboration with international partners including Alison, Leyden Educational Foundation and SOLNetwork, the IOLP is designed to make teaching and learning convenient to teachers and students in rural areas.
At the unveiling ceremony at the University of Ghana on Monday, Vice President Bawumia said COVID-19 and its associated socioeconomic disruptions, had made many countries and educational institutions turned to online learning.
He, however, said the lack of infrastructure to digitize and transmit learning materials, as well as appropriate human resources to implement e-learning initiatives are a big challenge to online learning.
“Even as the demands for e-learning is growing we are faced with both the human resources constraint, the physical hardware as well as the soft infrastructure,” he stated.
These challenges notwithstanding, Vice President Bawumia said e-learning has been hailed as an essential force in democratising education.
“It holds the key to inclusive education and a way of opening education to populations who otherwise would have restricted access to education because of geography, status or physical handicap.”
The Vice President, therefore, welcomed IOLP as the best way to support skills and entrepreneurship development to reduce youth unemployment.
The Executive Director of Leyden Educational Foundation, Mr James Boakye, said the Programme had been designed to address the huge challenge of unemployment, affected greatly by the pandemic.
He commended the government for its ongoing digitisation drive, which would serve as the anchor for the success of the programme.
Rex Mainoo Yeboah, ISD