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MTN FOUNDATION Ghana has commissioned the Assistive Technology Unit (ATU) at the University of Ghana to create the opportunity for students with various challenges to study with ease.
The project, which cost GH¢ 217,000, consists of one prodigy desktop, one Sara scanner, one projector, one projector screen, three handheld magnifiers, one SMA for jaws, three external hard drives, one Braille printer, five laptops, one LaserJet and 15 computers.
Mr Samuel Koranteng, Acting Corporate Service Executive of MTN Ghana Foundation, at the ceremony held in University of Ghana, Legon, said as an organisation with the vision to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world, MTN understands it has a role to play in empowering members of the community to enjoy the benefit of the digital world.
“It is in line with this that the MTN Ghana Foundation responded to a request by the University of Ghana to help set up an ATU. The MTN Ghana Foundation is excited to create the opportunity for students with various challenges to study with ease.”
According to Mr Koranteng, he hopes that the facility would promote independence for the over 2000 students with special needs and also decrease their quest for special assistance in pursing their studies.
He also said the ceremony signifies a mark of strong will, determination and commitment to creating a brighter world and making lives a whole lot brighter.
A representative of the University of Ghana said MTN Foundation’s acceptance of the school’s request and subsequent delivery of the items came to them with great joy.
“They have demonstrated through this noble deed that they share with us a common dream of providing a level playing field for all persons with a special focus on persons with special needs,” he said.
He added that the university, since its inception, had seen the abilities that students with special needs possess and the need to avail to them various opportunities for capacity building, hence its determination to place at their disposal all that was required to enable them to achieve their bet possible.
Bismark Donkor, a Level 400 student, told the DAILY HERITAGE that he was very glad that MTN had come to rescue them because he found it difficult to read his books because of the font size but “ I can read everything without calling on my colleagues to assist me. I am glad that our needs have been solved.
Daakyehene Gerald, another Level 400 student, also told the DAILY HERITAGE that he felt secured of passing his final paper because he and others like him had gone through a lot of challenges before getting to the final year.
“We thank MTN for supporting us and urge other institutions that have the means to support us to come to our aid to help us and the University, since the university cannot do it alone,” he said.