In response to crisis, Ghana’s educational sector faces due to myriad circumstances, CyberGhana, a humanitarian NGO, has launched a free Learning Management System called Common Emergency Campus (EM-Campus Anywhere) to provide an alternative resource for students.
“Schools in many parts of sub-Saharan Africa have not paid much attention to emergency preparedness options to deal with risks and emergency matters.
“Students in some parts of Africa, especially girls, are unable to attend classes at specific periods of the school calendar, due to cultural and social beliefs. These incidents have negative impact on the quality of students who pass out of our schools. It is important for stakeholders to find ways to curb such situations,” Mr Samuel Aduafo Owusu, Project Coordinator of CyberGhana said in an interview with this reporter.
He observed that it has become the practice for institutions to completely shut down schools, while others try learning how to use new technologies as adhoc measure during crisis.
It is in view of the above challenges that, CyberGhana has developed a Common Emergency Campus (EM-Campus Anywhere) software to help students study from anywhere as long as they are connected to the internet.
The model of EM-Campus Anywhere is a course repository that enables schools anywhere to continue delivering teaching and learning sessions particularly during crises.
The platform uses physical, virtual, and cloud-based technologies to deliver courseware. It also includes developing school emergency and communication plans and a learning management system for remote and hybrid teaching.
The facility sponsored by The Royal Academy of Engineering, (RAENG) and the Lloyd’s Register Foundation is ideal for Primary Schools, Junior High School (JHS), Senior High School (SHS), universities, and businesses owners who want to update their IT skills.
CyberGhana is encouraging students, teachers, and the public to take advantage of this virtual classroom facility to study at their own convenience remotely at no cost.
CYBERGHANA, a non-profit organization in Ghana, is the facilitator of National Initiative for Cyber Engineering, Science, and Technology Educational Programme (NICESTEP) in Ghana.
The program was created to propel long-term social and economic change for individuals who are capable of learning technology, cybersecurity, and software engineering related skills in Ghana and beyond.
CYBERGHANA’s NICETEP Project has been listed among top 21 “Engineering X Project”, which seeks to promote teaching and learning of cybersecurity engineering in Ghana to help bridge the gap between engineering in academia and real issues that exist in the industry. The NICESTEP project meets the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 4, 5, 8,9 and 10.
About the Lloyd’s Register Foundation
Lloyd’s Register Foundation is an independent global charity that supports research, innovation, and education to make the world a safer place. The Lloyd’s Register Foundation supports high quality research, accelerating technology to application and through education and public outreach to reduce risk and enhance the safety of the critical infrastructure that modern society relies upon in areas such as energy, transport, and food. Its unique structure comes from the fact that we own a significant trading company, Lloyd’s Register (LR). The Lloyd’s Register Foundation shares the same mission and work together to make the world a safer place.
About the Royal Academy of Engineering (RAENG)
The RAENG is the UK’s national academy of engineering. The Academy was founded in June 1976 as the Fellowship of Engineering with support from Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, who became the first Senior Fellow and, as of 2020, remains. The academy brings together the most successful and talented engineers from across diverse professions to advance and promote excellence in engineering for the benefit of society. The academy has three strategic priorities: make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation and businesses, address the engineering skills crisis, and position engineering at the heart of society.