Old Worthing council computers to help teach children in Ghana

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OLD computers formerly used by Worthing Borough Council will soon be boarding a jet plane to help educate children in Ghana.

The council donated 16 computers, complete with keyboards, mice and printers, to the charity CARE Computers to Developing Countries, which ships disused computers from the UK to Ghanaian schools.

The computers will help pupils from the Assin Fosso Junior High School, where the children will receive lessons in English, maths and science by using the computers.

Jib Hagan, who works for CARE, said: “Every day, 16 children will use these very computers for six hours. That is 96 children a week, and 480 children a month. We are so grateful for this donation, which will help so many children in Ghana.”

Jib said all Ghanaian children between the ages of seven to 18 are expected to study ICT as a core subject, but only have a book – which all pupils are forced to buy themselves – to study from.

“The pupils have no practical use of the computers, because they have no access to one,” he said. “Some of the children have never even seen a keyboard.”

The computers are scheduled to leave the UK at the end of next month, however, in order to make the shipment worthwhile, Jib needs 250 computers. The charity currently has 100.

Cabinet member Bryan Turner said: “Adur and Worthing are currently having a refurbishment of all the computers in use, many of which are too old to use. Instead of them going to landfill, I know Jib will make good use of them, and it is a brilliant cause. The refurbishment will take four years, and we will continue to support Jib and CARE over this time.”

For more information or to donate a computer, visit www.carec4dc.com.