JICA Ghana Office

January 26, 2012

JICA and I.T.S Organise Workshop Ahead of the First Ghana National Robot Competition

PhotoParticipants enhanced their understanding of Embedded Technology (ET) robot

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Institute of Technical Supervision (ITS), a division under the Office of the Head of Civil Service of Ghana are jointly organising a training and capacity-building workshop ahead of Ghana's first National Robot Competition. The Workshop is aimed at preparing participants for the Robot Competition by providing a broad understanding of Applied Electronics to all participants (both technical teachers and students in participating technical institutions and polytechnics across the country). The Workshop will take place at the Institute of Technical Supervision (ITS), Weija, Accra from January 30th to February 3rd, 2012.

According to the Head of Civil Service, Mr. W.K. Kemevor; ‘The Competition is an opportunity for practical-minded educationist and learners in Embedded Technology and Robotics to learn more and appreciate computer programming designed for robots.’

Mr. Yukiyoshi Matsumoto, an expert in Robotics and the Senior Japanese Volunteer who is coordinating the trainings and workshops for the Competition mentioned: ‘In Ghana, the interest in this subject (Applied Electronics), is low, so, in order to increase awareness and sustain interest in the subject, we are beginning with the fundamental knowledge of Electronics and Microcomputer processors. Ghana is experiencing rapid growth of utilization of Electronics and Information Technology, therefore, there is the need to build the capacity of technical students and their teachers to effectively grasp the dynamics of this budding subject.’

PhotoParticipants and SV Yukiyoshi Matumoto (3rd Right) at ITS

The Robot Competition with the theme; ‘Applied Micro-controller Embedded Technology Robot in Ghana’ will have seven (7) tertiary institutions competing for the technological advancement pride and title as Winners of the 1st Ghana National Robot Competition. The participating institutions are: Accra Polytechnic (Greater Accra Region), Takoradi Polytechnic (Western Region), Ho Polytechnic (Volta Region), Kumasi Polytechnic (Ashanti Region), Koforidua Polytechnic (Eastern Region), Tamale Polytechnic (Northern Region) and Emit Electronics (Greater Accra Region).

Ahead of the Competition in February, two capacity-building and training workshops have been organised for participating institutions (both students and teachers). The first workshop was held in November last year, and this is the second workshop.

The 1st Ghana National ET Robot Competition will take place on Friday, 24th February at the Accra International Conference Centre.

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