This program represents the most comprehensive and extensive component of GIFEC’s strategic approach to Information and Communication Technology (ICT), development in Ghana. The purpose of this program is to facilitate efforts and support full-service internet connectivity, services, and facilities to designated unserved and underserved communities in Ghana, delivering broadband access that is available to all potential users within each local service area. To achieve these results under the Cyber Laboratory Program, the following projects are being executed:
Community ICT Center (CIC)
The project component involves the establishment of Community ICT Centers (CICs), within designated locations to provide community-wide access to full-service Information and Communication Technology (ICT), at publicly available locations.
The Community ICT Centre is a hybrid profit-making tele-centre and a non-profit community resource centre intended to provide business services and community development information to remote communities. The centres function as information hubs, providing connectivity to ministries, departments and agencies, private businesses and educational institutions as well as individuals in beneficial rural communities, as well as access to e-Government Services.
- 214 CICs built.
- 181 CICs equipped and operationalized.
- 82 CICs provided with internet connectivity
School Connectivity Project
The School Connectivity Project involves the provision of high speed computers, printers, scanners, projectors and servers to educational institutions. These institutions are also connected to the internet for at least two years. Under this project, the following institutions have each been provided with fully equipped Information and Communication Technology (ICT), laboratories.
- 82 Nursing Training Schools
- 24 Community Development Institutes
- 3 OIC institutes completed
- 9 Farm Institutes
- 26 Technical Institutions
- 37 National Vocational Training Institutes
- 10 National Youth & Leadership Training Institutes
- 38 Colleges of Education
- 13 Schools for the Deaf
- 20 Integrated Community Centre For Employable Skills (ICCES)
- 52 Library Connectivity Project
- 370 Senior High Schools