Mr. Abdul-Razak Yakubu having awesome moment with pupils during visit to Captain Schools.
We live in a digital world where computer programs underlie everything from business, marketing, aviation, science and medicine, to name several disciplines
There is also a strong case to be made that Ghana’s future prosperity will depend on delivering advanced services and digital technology, and that programming will be essential to this end. Computer programs and software are known to be a strong driver of productivity improvements in my fields.
Being introduced to coding gives children an appreciation of what can be built with technology. We are surrounded by devices controlled by computers. Understanding how they work, and imagining new devices and services, are enhanced by understanding coding.
Captain schools coding project envisions to expose and equip children from age 6 to 15 to coding skills which will empower them for their career and life. Girl child education is an integral part of the school’s model and in this regard the school will empower girls to become leaders in their society.
The School envisions to contribute towards poverty alleviation through education by providing Free Tuition private basic education for orphans, children with single parents and the low-income households.
The school current serves 10 different communities in the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region of Ghana. The school successfully progressed these 6 years of operation and operates from Pre-School to Junior High School. A total number of 300+ pupils currently study in the school and 10% are orphans, 20% are children with single parents and the remaining 70% are from low income households.
The School asserts to the Sustainable Development Goal, especially the SDGs4, that sought to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. To ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and effective learning outcomes. To ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education.
The political adviser of the British High Commissioner, Mr. Abdul-Razak Yakubu visited the school as part of his working tour of the Western Region. Mr. Yakubu spent time interacting with both management of the school and students, and was captivated by the quality of tuition, despite the vulnerable state of the school’s infrastructure, teaching and learning materials. He was happy to see how the pupils were committed to learning and having to travel long distances to achieve basic education.
He also praised the concept of free universal basic education for the children as leaders of tomorrow and was happy that Captain Schools was not leaving anyone behind through the provision of free tuition private basic education. According to Mr. Yakubu, educating children will bring significant transformation to their lives and community, as well as provide them a platform to become informed, responsible and active citizenship in the future. Education he said is the gateway to ending poverty and improving quality of lives.
After Mr. Yakubu had toured the school, he also seized the opportunity to mentor and advise the children on the importance of education. He then spoke about good values such as respect, integrity, and the importance of working hard as students. In addition, he spoke about the need for tolerance, embracing diversity and rejecting bullying, harassment and discrimination as students.
Later in the year, Mr. Yakubu donated 6 laptops to Mr. Atsu George Geraldo de Lima, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of the social enterprise in education. This donation is to support the coding project of Captain Schools and was made on behalf of the British High Commission as part of the UK in Ghana’s commitment to improving inclusive education delivery in Ghana.
Mr. Yakubu said, the UK’s Department of International Development is focused on reaching children in the poorest, rural communities through its Complementary Basic Education programme which is currently supporting over 248,000 out-school children to learn basic literacy and numeracy skills, and ensuring that they continue to learn and progress through the normal school system.