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The MTN Ghana Foundation, a subsidiary and management structure of Multi-Telecommunication Network, which drives all MTN's social responsibility initiatives, in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is to set up ten ICT Learning Centres across the country. The MTN ICT Learning Centres project was funded at the cost of US$669,350.00 with a commitment of US$70,000 by the UNDP. Malcom Frazier Appeadu, Co-ordinator of the MTN Ghana Foundation, who disclosed this at a day's proposal writing workshop, organized by the Foundation for 50 stakeholders in Kumasi last week Thursday said that the Foundation focuses on health and education projects to improve the quality of life of Ghanaians and that a centre would be sited in a district in each of the ten regions.

In Ashanti the ICT Centre is located at Nyinahin, the capital of the Atwima Mponua district while that of Brong Ahafo is situated at Techimantia in the Tano South district. He said the Foundation has expended US$569,157.00 on the Refurbishment of the second floor Labour ward of the Korle Bu Maternity block. Other interventions by the Foundation include a US$90,000 construction of an Intensive Care Unit of the Princess Marie Louis Hospital and a US$70,000 teaching and Learning Aid project for the Academy for Education Development. Appeadu explained that the workshop was intended to equip participants with techniques in proposal writing to enable the Foundation to support communities, institutions and other groups implementing projects. He disclosed that about 1,000 students have benefited from a scholarship scheme initiated by the MTN since 2000 to assist brilliant but needy students. According to him about 298 students, 70% of whom are at the tertiary institutions are currently enjoying the scheme. Appeadu said the Foundation had worked with the Ghana Education Service (GES) to sponsor the National Best Teachers' awards for the last two years.

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