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Government Launches Solar Operated Laptops in Accra, Ghana

by Vince Matinde
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Ghana is joining the fray to offer its students in schools solar powered laptops to enhance their education. The government through its education minister launched the use of the laptops in Accra signaling the embrace of eLearning.

The Solar Operated Laptop, the first of its kind in the world, is a private sector initiative in ICT geared towards the development of education in Africa.

The initiative is being spearheaded by WeWi Telecommunications Inc, a Canadian R&D Corporation dedicated to bringing innovative solutions to the market and marketed by WeWi Ghana.

Mr Roland Carson, Chief Technical Officer of WeWi Inc, said since its inception, the company had created unique products and services and, in the past several years, began exploring new markets and expanding internationally through its various subsidiaries.

Mr Carson said WeWi’s core competencies were in software, hardware development and systems integration while its main focus was creating highly specialized solutions servicing the government, defence and health sectors where the company’s core integrated team of award winning experts was both experienced and comfortable serving government institutions, military bodies and civil initiatives.

Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyeman the minister of education said that the Ghana ICT policy should be revised to meet the needs of the society currently.

Kenya is still in the process to get suppliers for its programme for standard one pupils. Rwanda on the other hand has seen great progress in their pilot plans for having one laptop for every school child.

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