The Ghana Investment Fund for Electronic Communications (GIFEC) is organising an ICT training programme for people in the Amenfi West Municipality in the Western Region.
GIFEC is organising this programme with the support of the United Nations Children’s Education Fund (UNESCO). The programme is themed: “ICT and Media: Efficient Tools for the Youth to Prevent Violent Extremism”.
The aim of the programme is to help neutralise the propaganda of radical groups and their ideologies. GIFEC and the UNESCO seek to do this by providing refuting narratives to weaken the ideas of these extremists and reduce peer influence.
The Administrator of GIFEC, Abraham Kofi Asante led the launch of the initiative at Asankragwa. He said the first phase of the programme would provide training for 300 youth in the area.
Asante also remarked that he hopes the training will be of good use as it seeks to equip the participants with efficient tools to fight violent extremism. The GIFEC Administrator said knowledge about their rights and responsibilities as Ghanaians and global citizens were some of the tools to fight violent extremism and also make them more productive.
Asante outlined the ways they are going to train the participants in the fight against extremism. “The final stage of the programme, which is the social media advance technical training, would allow the development and finalization of media production that uses animations, info-graphics, factsheets, videos, imagery, and audio-visual modules during the online prevention campaign,”
He continued that, “You will all agree that this is the kind of exposure that we need, to make all of us positive agents for change and strong peace-builders not just for Ghana but the world as a whole.”
The Municipal Chief Executive of Amenfi West, George Agyiri has also commended initiative. According to him, the timing of the training was apt to help the youth acquire ICT knowledge and called on them to be committed to it.
Assuring the participants, Abraham Asante said his institution (GIFEC) would continue to work with UNESCO to extend the programme to all parts of the country.
“Ghana is experiencing an unprecedented evolution in technology and this has direct consequences on violent extremism,”
He, therefore, called on the participants to take advantage of the opportunity to acquire ICT skills to provide the grounds to fight extremists’ activities and improve on nation-building.