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My name is Nicole Naa Adoley Mensa and I am the founder of ProjectHEY (Helping to Educate the Youth). Founded in May 2012, ProjectHEY is a non profit aimed at educating underprivileged Ghanaian children using Information Communication Technology (ICT).It is no new knowledge that computers are rapidly taking over our world.
In developed nations children as young as five are able to perform basic functions on computers and tablets. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for many Ghanaian children. Despite the fact that ICT is a compulsory subject, students in many of our public schools have never even seen computers before, let alone practiced using computers. In fact, many of them rely on memorizing pictures of computers and interfaces in order to pass their exams.
I started ProjectHEY in 2012, with ten of my fellow high school friends. Each of us had a passion for education and a vision for our country. Every year we organize a five week intensive summer session at a targeted school where we teach the students the fundamentals of ICT. At the end of the program we donate computers and books to the schools in the hope that this will raise their students performance not only in ICT but also in all other subjects.
Over the past four years we have taught over 120 students at three different schools and have donated over 20 computers and 250 textbooks. I believe that in order to achieve economic success as a country, we must first achieve educational success. It is my hope that one day, organizations such as ProjectHEY will not exist because our country will prioritize education and allocate funding accordingly.