ABOUT I2CAP

 
One of Ghana's major developmental challenges is to develop coherent policies and initiatives to turn its youthful population into a skilled human resource asset. The emerging digital economy offers developing countries like Ghana an opportunity to take a quantum leap in development by transforming the subsistence economy into a high-value-added, information and knowledge based economy. In response to the above challenge and in line with its mandate to stimulate the growth of the ICT sector in the sub-region.

The i2CAP project is a programming contest at the Senior High school level in Ghana which was established by the Ghana– India Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (AITI-KACE) in 2004 in preparation towards the country’s participation in the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI). The contest, run under the project name ‘I TOO CAN PROGRAM’ (i2CAP).
 

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The project aims at demystifying computer programming, and promoting interest in Science, Technology and Innovation. The project provides students the opportunities and resources needed for exposure to computing careers.

It must be noted that young people around the world are developing programming skills both in and out of the classroom and it is the number of hours invested in playing with programming concepts in their spare time that really creates high level skills. The i2CAP Project seeks to establish this approach in Ghana. Schools across the country will have to express interest to participate in the project. Selected schools will be mentored over a period to prepare their students for the contest.    

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The overall project goal of i2CAP is to:

  1. Develop skilled human resources to facilitate the growth of the Science, Technology and Innovation sector in Ghana.    
  2. Improve the understanding of how Information Technology can contribute to development.
  3. Prepare students for the Africa Code Day and the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).
Specifically, the i2CAP will seek to achieve the following objectives:
  1. Train over one thousand two hundred (1200) students and over Eighty (80) teachers and in forty (40) Senior High Schools from the sixteen regions in Ghana.
  2. Support the students and teachers through distance learning.
  3. Equip students with critical thinking skills, problem solving skills, programming techniques and present them with the opportunity to demonstrate acquired skills through innovative events and exhibitions.
  4. Encourage innovation and creativity in computer programming by providing support and awards to outstanding students in the programme.
 
CRITICAL SUCCESS FACTORS
  1. Advertisement of the i2CAP project in the electronic and print media
  2. Expression of interest
  3. Selection of Schools
  4. Access to reliable power supply
  5. Availability of ICT infrastructure
  6. Access to good internet connectivity
  7. Leadership involvement (i.e. Heads of Schools)
  8. Quality of Training given to teachers
  9. Teachers' ability and commitment to transfer skills to students
  10. Students' commitment to invest time in developing programming skills
  11. Organization of National contest to measure skill development
  12. Participation in the Africa Code Day and the International Olympiad in Informatics (IOI).
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