Upper West Region: Nandom Boys SHS receives first tablets in “1 Student, 1 Tablet” initiative

Nandom Boys Senior High School has received 1,138 tablets from the Ministry of Education, marking a significant milestone in the government's '1 Student; 1 Tablet' initiative.

Nandom Boys Senior High School in the Upper East Region received a donation of 1,138 tablets from the Ministry of Education under the government’s “1 Student; 1 Tablet” policy initiative.

The tablets were officially handed over to the students by the Upper West Regional Minister, Stephen Yakubu, during a ceremony held at the school premises on Wednesday (8 May 2024).

With a population of 1,136, each student will receive a tablet according to the policy requirements.

Addressing the gathering, the school prefect expressed heartfelt appreciation for the donation. “We know how much these equipments are going to help us,” the prefect remarked.

“Previously, we had only the library for our research work, and our ICT centre was virtually empty. This donation will go a long way to help us enhance our educational status quo.”

Emphasising Nandom Boys SHS’s pioneering role as the first beneficiary of the “1 Student, 1 Tablet” policy in the Upper West Region, the prefect expressed gratitude to the Ministry of Education and the Upper West Regional Minister for their unwavering support.

“We as students of Nandom Senior High would like to express our deepest gratitude to the Ministry of Education for this great gesture,” the prefect stated, acknowledging the historic significance of the school’s role in spearheading this transformative initiative.

In an interview with Zakaria, the Health prefect, on the sidelines, excitement and anticipation were evident.

“We are very excited. I think this is the first time, and for our batch, this is something new,” Zakaria exclaimed.

“What they have given us is going to help us in our academic performance, and we will be able to use them to raise our results in this particular WASCE exam that we are going to write.”

The joy and gratitude expressed by students like Zakaria were echoed by Isaac, who expressed disbelief and overwhelming gratitude for the unexpected donation.

“I never thought this was going to come to pass because we all heard the rumours that they were to give us tablets. I am just amazed. I don’t know what to say,” Isaac said.

He also adds that “God should bless them and help us use them wisely and successfully.”

Salam, another student, emphasised the school’s commitment to using the donated tablets for the benefit of all students.

“These items that are being delivered to us will be used for the benefit of the students,” Salam affirmed.

Hon. Stephen Yakubu, further emphasized the significance of the donation in his speech. “In any country that takes its education seriously, education affects your life. It affects your life and your future,” the minister remarked.

He also stressed the importance of valuing and utilizing the tablets for their intended purpose. He urged students to use them responsibly, stating, “I urge you, on behalf of the government, to handle them with care. Use them for their intended purpose. Do not give them away or show off with them. That’s why we provide bags. Always ensure they are kept in the bag.”

With the backing of the government and other stakeholders, students are ready to utilize the transformative power of technology to unlock their full potential and shape a brighter future for themselves and their communities.

Reporting by Alhassan Erasun Tajudeen in the Upper West Region

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