Awards: What awards or honors has your solution received, if any?
a contract to develop a web based school management system for 25 schools.
Tell us about your partnerships
The International Institute for Communication and Development (IICD) is an international non-profit foundation based in The Netherlands, with over 16 years of experience in using information and communication technology (ICT) as a driver for development. IICD has financially supported the start up phase and gave Tech Support the opportunity to take part in the development of a School Management System.
BIBIR-GHANA has an existing ICT Training School in Tamale. BIBIR-GHANA and its partners Butterfly Works, Rural Innovation Consult and Tech Support Ghana will target the disadvantage youth from the rural communities in the Northern Region. In brief, the project aims to start a webdesign school in 2015, with the objective to train 50 youth in web design, IT skills, creative multimedia and entrepreneurship to improve their opportunities for employment or venturing into business by 2016. Tech Support will help in finding internships and create job opportunities for the graduates.
Challenges: What challenges might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?
Currently Tech Support is not a registered entity and that scares off organizations. Ownership, community based principles, independence and a proactive attitude are our core values and can be best realized if the members design their own preferences. So currently Tech Support works on a constitution and researches possibilities to start an association, cooperative or other form whereby the ownership remains shared, equally represented or at least Ghanaian.
How does your idea help young people create bright futures and improve opportunities for meaningful and long-term careers?
Tech Support is based on own initiative, sharing and life as it is in regional cities. Not everyone has a laptop, the power supply is not consistent and we meet at the polytechnic after lecture hours. Our resources are very limited but the low-key, informal sphere builds so much confidence in these youngsters that they can, will and already influenced their own learnings and job opportunities.
Intervention Focus: Identify which of the following best explain key parts of your solution
Job Creation, Entrepreneurship, Training/Skill Development, Community.
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Put Young People in Charge: provide the experiences and skills needed to be resilient, creative, and take action
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Education isn't preparing young people for the evolving job market