More than four hundred and thirty nine (439) students of the University of Ghana (UG) have received laptops under the University of Ghana Vice Chancellor’s “One Student One Laptop” (1S1L) Initiative.
The One Student One Laptop Initiative, which falls under the Vice-Chancellor’s Programme for Enhancing the UG Student Experience through Digitalisation aims at providing affordable computers for students and staff and free laptops for needy students to help them fully adapt to the changes in education delivery and learning, while having access to the required resources to facilitate effective teaching, learning and research.
Professor Nana Aba Appiah Amfo, Vice Chancellor of UG, said her vision was to train students to be critical thinkers, technologically adaptive, culturally sensitive and ready for industry in the 21st century.
“The student should be digitally set no matter your discipline to be ready for industry after school,” she added.
Prof. Amfo expressed gratitude to the benefactors who have generously donated to support the initiative. She also commended the 1S1L Implementation Committee for their dedicated efforts in leading the charge for the implementation of the initiative.
She also acknowledged the role played by the Student’s Financial Aid Office in the selection process, ensuring that deserving students benefited from the initiative.
Chairperson of the 1S1L Implementation Committee, Prof. Peter Quartey
He also mentioned that more initiatives would be introduced in the future to provide students with the necessary tools to prepare them for the professional world after graduation.
Prof. Quartey encouraged students to promote the 1S1L initiative among their peers, emphasising that it is aimed at benefiting students and not generating profit for the University.
Prof. Ernest Yaw Tweneboah-Koduah, Head of the Selection Committee, provided insights into the selection process. He explained that students eligible for the laptops were primarily undergraduates and graduate students involved in academic research. “An application process was conducted, with students ranked based on their grade point averages”, Prof. Tweneboah-Koduah detailed.
“An application process was conducted, with students ranked based on their grade point averages,” he said.
Mr Frank Tsikata, President of the Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the University, urged the beneficiaries to make good use of the laptops, and ensure that they were well-kept.