The Computer Literacy, Information and Communications Technology syllabus for Ghanaian primary schools is designed to predispose pupils to basic skills in ICT so as to build the foundation for further learning in the subject as they move into second-cycle education and beyond.
As a volunteer Computer Literacy teacher, you will be helping the pupils cover the curriculum stipulated by the Ghana Education Service; parts of which appear below.
1st Grade (6-year-olds) ICT syllabus extracts
Definition and sources of information; Tools for sending and receiving information; Mouse-clicking; Home-row keys of the keyboard; Keyboarding skills – typing letters of the alphabet using Notepad, using numeric keys to type numbers using Notepad. (We’ll send you the complete syllabus in the course of your application process)
2nd Grade (7-year-olds) ICT syllabus extracts
Typing words using keys on the home, bottom and qwerty rows; using game apps to reinforce mouse skills, Using drawings and images to record and present information. Keyboarding skills (We’ll send you the complete syllabus in the course of your application process)
3rd Grade (8-year-olds) ICT Syllabus extracts
–Mouse skills review: using the mouse to locate Paint application, Notepad application, Start Menu.
–Combining upper case and lower case characters in typing
–Drawing shapes and objects using the Pencil tool of the Paint application
4th Grade (9-year-olds) ICT Syllabus extracts
–The basic parts of computer hardware: monitor, system unit, keyboard, mouse.
–Functions of the basic parts of computer hardware.
–Turning on the computer
–Typing a longer passage using typing skills acquired.
Accommodation and food
Volunteers are accommodated by a friendly host family. Volunteers have their own private bedroom but share the dining and living rooms with other members of the household. Three meals (Breakfast, lunch and dinner) are served. The meals consist of a mix of local and western foods. Breakfast could be coffee or tea or chocolate beverage or oats or maize porridge with bread and butter or jam or egg omelette. Lunch could be boiled or fried yam or rice or ripe plantain or potatoes or pasta or fufu with vegetable stew, sauce or soup. Dinner has similar content as lunch. As a rule, you can politely tell your host/hostess the food you don’t like – so they stick to those you like. Fruits abound most times of the year and are cheap. The world’s sweetest pineapples, mangoes and oranges can be found right here in Ghana Africa.
A typical volunteering day
Wake up say 6.00 am, have your bath and breakfast. Set off for school at about 7.30 am. You would perhaps teach two or three 40-minute lesson ‘periods’ before lunchtime at 12.30 pm. Lunch break is typically one-hour. You can expect one more lesson ‘period’ before school closes at 3.00 pm. After school hours you are free to use your time as you please. You could play games like football or soccer with locals in the neighborhood. You may opt to take a quick trip into town, or socialize with fellow volunteers in the vicinity (if any) or embark on a keep-fit late afternoon jog. Browsing the internet is another one of the activities available to do. Dinner is usually between 6.00 and 6.45 pm. After dinner, you can chit-chat, read a book, chit-chat, watch TV or a movie, chit-chat, prepare for the next day’s work, etc.
Weekends are free days. In fact, Fridays after school till Sunday late afternoon, you are as free as a bird to explore all you can of the community, region and country. Volunteers would plan with other volunteers on the program so they travel together to a place of common interest during weekends. GV organizes tours and outings to which all volunteers are invited.
We have the most affordable program fees for the kind of thorough quality we provide. You wouldn’t want to be miserable in a foreign country just because you went for the “cheapest” price, would you?
Pay an upkeep fee of $645. No other hidden charges. No Application Fee. (But payment of a “Commitment” deposit** of $45 is required to hold down your allocated spot. )
The $645 upkeep fee covers:
- 3 meals daily
- 24/7 in-country support
The following components are provided free:
- Accommodation — free
- Locality sightseeing — free
- Flights and Insurance
- Personal expenses like bottled water and entertainment
- Traditional drumming and dance lessons
- Outside-locality tours
- Airport drop-off
**The remaining $600 may be paid through PayPal, credit or debit card, bank wire or cash upon arrival.