Multichoice Ghana on Wednesday November 5, 2014 commissioned additional resource centres in ten (10) senior high schools across the country as one of its key corporate social for its 2013/ 2014 financial year.
In attendance were representatives from the various departments at the Ministry of Education including the Ghana Education Service, Curriculum, Research & Development, Science Education Unit and the Secondary Education Unit, Mrs Georgina Qaiisie a renowned educationist and former director of the Science Education Unit, was also present.
Multichoice Ghana and Africa are keenly aware of their responsibility not only to provide the highest quality television entertainment but also to invest meaningfully in the development of African communities. The establishment of the Multichoice Resource Centres is a strategic approach to this responsibility, with consideration of our expertise, resources and assets.
The Multichoice Resource Centre project aims to improve teaching and learning processes by equipping schools with audio-visual educational equipment through which the MultiChoice education bouquet can be accessed by schools.
The beneficiary schools were Fijai SHS in the Western Region, Barekese SHS in the Ashanti Region, Edinaman SHS in the Central Region, The Planetarium Society, Science & Technology Education Center, SOS Heiman College, St. Thomas Aquinas all in the Greater Accra Region, Abuakwa State College in the Eastern Region, Bolgatanga Girls SHS in the Upper East Region and Tamale Girls SHS in the Northern Region
At the launch event held at the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT) Hall in Accra, the heads of the schools were presented with DStv HDPVR decoders, 32 Inch Digital LED TV’s and free subscription to the DStv Education Bouquet which comprises of seven premium channels including National Geographic, Discovery Channel, ED, SABC Africa, BBC World, Animal Planet and Mindset Learn. In addition, MultiChoice Ghana will provide training for two teachers from each of the ten schools that will focus on how to utilize television broadcasts as a learning resource and how to integrate programming into their curriculum.
Ms Bernice Juliet Adu, the Deputy Director of the Ghana Education Service who represented the out-going director of the Secondary Education Division said “the GES and the Ministry of Education appreciate beyond measure this kind support from MultiChoice Ghana. By this strategy MultiChoice is broadening the outlook of both teachers and students in schools where the resource centers operate”
Presenting the equipment to the schools, the Marketing & PR Manager Miss Anne Sackey said “Multichoice Ghana will continue to be a strong advocate for continuing investment in education and training, in order to help build a brighter future for our children”.
The first Multichoice Resource Centre was established in 2004 as a corporate social investment by MultiChoice Africa. Currently, there are over 900 MultiChoice Resource Centres established in over 28 countries across the continent. Ghana now has 81 resource centres after the launch of the 10 centres this year.
Other Corporate Social investments include the creation of the DStv Eutelsat Star Awards. The Awards, a partnership between Eutelsat and MultiChoice Africa aims to inspire innovative thinking among secondary and high-school students, to create awareness on how science and technology can be applied to everyday life, and to showcase the many ways that satellites impacts on the development of the African continent.
In addition to that, for the fourth year in a row, MultiChoice Ghana has supported schools and students to take part in the Community Spelling Bee, an initiative of Young Educators Foundation, a local NGO dedicated to children’s education in Ghana, and students from these schools have always made it into the finals.