It was announced by Samuel Sarpong, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, that the Assembly has decided to sponsor the training of five teachers in Information Communication Technology (ICT) in Israel. This followed the selection of 18 Junior and Senior High Schools in Nhyiaeso, Oforikrom and Bantama sub-Metropolitan areas to benefit form Internet facilities under the Millennium Cities Initiative (MCI). Computers, fixed wireless terminals and free network connectivity were some facilities that schools are to be supplied with.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for the schools to get a access to Internet was already signed between Zain Communications Limited, Ericsson, a cell phone manufacturing company, the KMA and the MCI. The MCI is the urban counterpart of the UN Millennium Villages Project, targeting selected middle-sized cities across sub-Saharan Africa for support to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Present at the launch were Professor Jeffery Sachs, Co-founder of the Millennium Promise Alliance and Director of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, and Nani Annan, wife of UN Chief, Kofi Annan.
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