Vodafone Ghana Foundation provides training in coding and robotics for people with disabilities
The Vodafone Ghana Foundation, the charitable arm of Vodafone Ghana, has trained eighty (80) people with disabilities (PWD) in coding and robotics to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities 2021.
The event was part of the Foundation’s monthly “Birthday Stars” initiative which aims to run monthly projects with birthday celebrants to mark selected international days, in line with the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals.
Vodafone Ghana Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Patricia Obo-Nai, who honored the occasion as a birthday celebrant in December, highlighted Vodafone’s contribution to empowering people with disabilities.
“A few years ago, as an organization, we chose to employ people who can sign up to help a percentage of our customers who don’t have access to our call center. I am very happy with the training session and what I saw today. This is my first time attending the goalball game and we will do everything we can to support you, ”she said.
Participants participated in several activities covered by coding, robotic studies, and website development. In addition, the birthday celebrants of December; Ghanaian comedy actors Clemento Surez and OB Amponsah engaged them in an indoor game, the Paralympic goal ball.
In an interview, the Director of the Vodafone Ghana Foundation, Reverend Amaris Nana Perbi, said: “We had over 80 different people with disabilities that we needed to mentor and teach them to familiarize themselves with PC and technology. We were also able to spend a recreational time with them because they represent national sporting activities ”.
“It’s very important for us to observe International Disability Month with our monthly Birthday Star activities that we do. It doesn’t stop there, for example, in January we go back for International Education Day and follow up with February, March, April. In May; Girls ‘and Girls’ Science Studies Day, followed by International Health Day. So this is something that has come to stay and it’s no wonder we have the best initiative and innovation award at the Sustainability Excellence Award, ”he said.
For her part, Vodafone Ghana’s Director of Legal and External Affairs, Geta Striggner-Quartey, called for a collective effort to help people with disabilities.
“We were happy to hear that, for example, goal ball is something that we have done very well and we just need more support. They need more support to be able to compete more effectively in international competitions. So we were really encouraged by that. We will support them and we really want to reach out to all of Ghana to continue to support them so that they can truly participate in these international events and feel that they are all a part of it. from U.S.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities is celebrated to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities at all levels of society and development. In addition, it also aims to raise awareness of the situation of people with disabilities in all aspects of political, social, economic and cultural life.