June 25 - July 10, 2011

Trip Leads

Logistics Lead: Maggie Kierstead

Technology Lead: Colin Butler

Adult Chaperones: Eric Edgerton, Erin Flack, Barb Gurley, Tim Hall

About This Project

In Ghana, it is a national requirement that students pass a computerized exam to enter high school and to move from one grade to the next in high school. During June 25-July 10, a TSC team of 17 students from Garfield High School and 4 chaperones are setting up computer labs in 3 schools in Ofankor, Ghana.

  • Amasaman Secondary School with approximately 1500 students
  • Ofankor D/A junior and primary school with approximately 600 students
  • Ofankor Anglican junior and primary school with approximately 600 students.

The Gates Foundation has donated 90 IBM Thinkpad laptops. Garfield alumni that are Microsoft employees are donating Office software for the laptops.

TSC has a partnership with The Village Net, a non-profit founded by Harriet Stephenson, business school faculty at Seattle University. The Village Net has been operating a micro lending program for women business owners in Ofankor. They are expanding to education and community development activities working with villagers to find sustainable solutions to community needs. There was a process in November 2010 for area schools to apply to be the recipients of the TSC computers and the three schools mentioned above were chosen.

TSC also has a partnership with two chapters of the international organization, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE). One chapter is at Seattle University and the other is with the Institute of Professional Service (IPS) students in Accra, Ghana. The Seattle SIFE students are helping the TSC students with fundraising activities and the Accra SIFE students will provide ongoing teaching and computer lab support to the schools.

Additionally, each school in Ghana is forming a student technology club. These students will be trained how to maintain the computer labs and be a resource for their local community as well as provide job skills. TSC students will start this training and the SIFE students will provide ongoing teaching and support to the club members.

Video from the Village Net