Teaming up with local organization, Young at Heart Ghana, the Akaa Project hosted a six day ICT (Information, Communication & Technology) Summer Camp. The program, based at the Asiafo Amanfro Community School, taught students basic computer skills and how to use ICT as a tool for English, Science and Mathematics.

Children from rural areas rarely get the educational resources needed, particularly with technology. Many ICT classes are taught from books with only a focus on theory.  With the Akaa Project’s new library, equipped with solar power, we were able to host the Young at Heart team to bring theory into practice.

pic15Each day, students participated in hands-on, practical lessons and activities organized by Young at Heart Ghana volunteers. This included keyboard and mouse skills, Paint, and general computer knowledge. Teachers were trained in ICT content, creating inviting learning spaces and how to motivate children in respect to ICT.

And students from the neighboring Junior High School (JHS) were also invited for a special ICT session. These students were able to receive the needed hands-on computer experience and ICT lessons before their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE). About his experience, Benjamin, a student in Form 3 at Akpamu, said “After the practical lessons with you, I’ve realized that ICT is not that difficult. Practical lessons are good.”

And the results show. With a baseline taken at the beginning of the program and students again tested at the program conclusion, 69.4% of students recorded increased test scores. And in grades 5 and 6, 100% of students in grades 5 and 6 showed improved ICT knowledge.

“This program is a great example of what we hope to bring in programming with our new community library and learning center – bringing active and relevant learning into this rural setting and creating meaningful collaborations with local groups,” said Lauren Grimanis, Founder of the Akaa Project. “We are so proud to have Young at Heart Ghana as a partner, and be able to engage young, committed Ghanaians to spreading opportunity.”

We look forward to our continued partnership with Young at Heart GH!


A very special thank you to the volunteers who dedicated a week to mentoring, teaching and empowering our students. These volunteers came from across Ghana and the following schools: Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), University of Ghana, University of Cape Coast, All Nations University, Koforidua Polytechnic, Technology University College (GTUC) and Ghana Institute of Journalism

Thank you to the following volunteers

Benjamin Varle Semah

Edem Korku Ghanney

Asamoah Francis Boafo

Gabriel Tetteh

Rita Awitty Mawupemor

Samuel Obeng Appah

Mary Seiwah Afram

Katherine Ewura Ekua Essien

Amanfo Kwesi Hayford

Sarah Adom Yawson

Nana Kofi A. Acheampong

Fred Kwadwo Aazore

Bertha Fosua Ansu

Bernice Laryea

Aseye Dzokoto

Judith Foli

Sheila Bandon

Bernard Ayim


Young at Heart GH National Team

Josephine Marie Godwyll

Martin Bruce

Amanda Agyeiwah

Winifred Nyaaba

Baba Awuni Salifu Jnr

Victor Aryetey