“The 4th Industrial Revolution is still in its nascent state. But with the swift pace of change and disruption to business and society, the time to join in is now.” - Gary Coleman, Global Industry and Senior Client Advisor, Deloitte Consulting.
For the 30- to 40-year-olds of today, the choice of a second language to be taken in Ghanaian schools was often between English, French and Spanish. These days, where children are learning to use technology, such as iPads and iPhones, from the moment they can reach out and interact with it – it seems only logical that programming as a second language will be a necessity.
From age seven, children in developed Countries are learning computer-aided design, from 11 years old, 3D and mathematical modelling, in addition to using computer-aided manufacturing tools and including programmable components in design. This approach ensures the children entering the school system today are well equipped to take up jobs in the future, to support a strong global technology industry in years to come.
With this in mind, the Global Shapers Ho Hub embarked on the Internet of Things project dubbed “Internet of Ho Things (Woekpor II)” to transform the way students learn about our World and how technology affects our daily lives and to have the opportunity to learn about technology in a social, collaborative environment rather than the use of isolated learning methods.
The project took place at GCOM Pre-University College, Ho, with students from Mawuli JHS, Ho Poly JHS, Philip Akpo JHS and Riis Presby JHS.
The excitement and high expectation levels of “The Internet of Ho Things” project within the 4 schools selected by Global Shapers Ho Hub presented to us 50 school children instead of our estimated 30 students from the schools in Ho Municipal District. The program outline had to be realigned slightly in order to accommodate all the students since the facilities available were inadequate.
The project led by Global Shapers, Collins Afeti Gadawusu and Gameli Adzaho started with video interactive sessions on understanding and appreciating theoretical and practical lessons in the world of “IoT” which the school children related easily to their daily lives.
There was an introductory practical session on the world of PHP programming which focused on web programming. Here, the students had the opportunity to understand the “behind the scenes codes” of PHP programming language and they were able to code and create simple website pages as projects that they could proudly own and display to their friends. Some of the school children demonstrated impressive knowledge of HTML skills which made teaching PHP programming very interesting.
The "Internet of Ho Things Project" was a huge success since the “IoT” knowledge of 50 primary school children were heightened tremendously. The next phase of the Project in the coming months will focus strongly on Robotics and Arduino Technologies to build up the high interests and zeal of the school children in preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution.
The "Internet of Ho Things Project" is a build-up Project from "Woekpor", our digital literacy project, and is inspired by the Advancement of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, World Economic Forum's initiative for Shaping the future of Education, Gender and Work and the Global Shapers Ho Hub’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goal No. 4 on Quality Education.