To develop its products and services and test its concept, Maxim Nyansa has been carrying out pilot projects at a junior high school in Ghana in 2015 and 2016. We wanted to test our approach and find out what the impact of our innovation would be on the exam results of the students after several years.
Our pilot has been carried out at Virgo Preparatory school, a school combining kinder garden, primary school and junior high school. Virgo is a private school in the center of Accra with 400 students.
In 2013 we have started to introduce multimedia in science classes while at the same time engaging students in practical assignments to help them find a true understanding of the things they were learning in the science curriculum.
We completely refurbished the existing IT laboratory in the school, renovating and replacing old desktops. Now there is a fully funtioning IT lab and from the age of 6, children will be taking training in basic IT skills through a one hour class.
In general, 2 children will be working on one desktop, practicing skills like the use of Microsoft Office. Unfortunately, the school is confronted with frequent power cuts, and classes regularly need to be rescheduled for that reason.
In 2015, our assessment of the local situation at Virgo showed that the potential for the use of IT could be developed only when the teachers would be trained in basic IT skills.
After the usage of multimedia in the teaching and leaning process for three and half years in the school, the BECE results of students in both was 100% especially in the area of ICT and Integrated Science.
As a pilot, a training for teachers has been carried out. The pilot had the support of the school management but was voluntary.