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SUSEC ICT Teacher Receives $15,000 Grant from Scratch Foundation for Creative Coding Project

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SUSEC ICT Teacher Receives $15,000 Grant from Scratch Foundation for Creative Coding Project

Gabriel Kwadwo Afram, an ICT teacher at Sunyani Senior High School (SUSEC) in Ghana, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Scratch Foundation to develop scratch blocks for creative coding. The Scratch Foundation, a global non-profit organization that provides digital tools and opportunities for young people to imagine, create, and share ideas on coding, awarded the grant to support the creation and piloting of LEGO-like Physical 3-D Scratch Blocks for Creative Coding. The project aims to scale creative coding in rural communities and communities that lack internet access.

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As part of the grant, training will be conducted for around 200 master trainers, who will then train other student trainees on how to use the Equitable Creative Coding Resources (ECCRs) for creative coding in their communities. The project will be developed and piloted for students in the Jaman North District and Sunyani Municipality, enabling teachers and students to learn how to code and eliminate the obstacle of the lack of computers and internet access.

Scratch, a high-level block-based visual programming language primarily aimed at children as an educational tool, will be used to develop the project. The grant will also be used to create prototypes of blocks, including tactile sprites and backdrops made from local materials that can be manipulated during hands-on creative learning activities.

The Scratch Foundation commended Mr. Afram and SUSEC for their commitment to creating coding. Ms. Elaine Atherton, the Director of Scratch Education Collaborative (SEC), wrote a letter to this effect, which was made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani.

This project is a significant step in promoting creativity and coding in rural communities and areas without internet access, where the need for digital literacy is high. For the most part, it is a commendable effort to bridge the digital divide and ensure that more young people have access to digital tools and opportunities to enhance their creativity and problem-solving skills. We look forward to seeing the positive impact of this project on the Ghanaian community and hope that it inspires similar initiatives in other parts of the world.

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