MAXIM NYANSA NEWS LETTER - MARCH 2018
Specialization track is ongoing!
Three groups of trainees have started the new specialization program at the Maxim Nyansa training center, for Software Development, Data Science and Hardware & Networking. The program takes 6 months of hard work, about 15 hrs of study in addition to national service. Blended learning: weekly open source learning materials, peer groups with mentors, practical assignments and monthly bootcamp weekends.
Obogu teacher trainings have started
As part of our Learning Transformation program, the third phase which is the training of the teachers has started with teachers from the various Schools at the Obogu traditional council. These teachers teach at the basic School, Junior high and the new senior high Schools in the area. The training consists of two parts: basic ICT literacy where teachers learn how to use a computer. And after that, a second module where they are being introduced to using multimedia and interactive teaching techniques in their classrooms, including the use of the newly installed smartboard.
New office Space
Maxim Nyansa moved to a larger office whre we now have our own training classroom and hardware storage room. It is currently being used for the specialization boot camps which is very helpful as there are no interruptions from anywhere, and we expect to start doing more training there including international IT certification programs. But you can still find us in the same building, “The Shuttle” at CFC Estate opposite Vodafone at Dome, Accra.
Maxim Nyansa Professional IT Training Program
The 2018 professional training program for graduates in Information Technology, Computer Science and related course areas who are from underprivileged communities or backgrounds held every summer has been opened for applications until March 30, 2018. Twenty (20) brilliant tertiary IT graduates will have the opportunity to be practically trained in areas that matter to the Job market and make them easily employable or become entrepreneurs to employ in the future. Our former trainees who are now ambassadors are inside campuses campaigning for their soon to be graduates i.e. level 400 students to apply for the program, like earlier this week at the University of Ghana in Accra (photo).
Some of the courses for the one month intensive training program include: Time management, Working in a multicultural environment, Programming bootcamp, Project Management (Scrum and PMP) which comes with international certification, etc..
Tertiary graduates may apply via our website on www.maximnyansa.com.
Maxim Nyansa Present at Commonwealth Day Celebration 2018
Maxim Nyansa was invited by the Foreign Affairs Ministry to participate in exhibiting at the Foyer of the International Conference Center in Accra on Thursday 15th March, 2018. The exhibition was to allow young company start-ups to show their work to people in Ghana and from other Common Wealth nations invited. In participation of the day’s exhibition also was Trinity Software Center (TSC) based in Kumasi which is a spin-off of Maxim Nyansa who are a start-up into software development. Visit www.trinitysoftwarecenter.com for more detailed information about products and activities.
Collaboration with IIPGH – Institute of ICT professionals in Ghana.
Maxim Nyansa in collaboration with IIPGH is launching a campaign "Computer4schoolsGhana" soon. This project is to assist underprivileged schools in Ghana to be equipped with ICT labs to catch up with 21st century skills and also prepare them for their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) as well as West African Senior Secondary Certificate Examination (WASSCE) for their future. We therefore request for support from all corporate institutions and individuals to donate their old windows 7 computers to us which we will clean and send to these Schools which are in dire need of it.
The Institute of ICT Professionals, Ghana (IIPGH) is a non-profit professional body which is made up of around 800 professionals in various domains of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) practice. The Institute is a connector of ICT professionals from Government MDAs, educational institutions, corporate organizations, start-ups, investors and the civil society organizations to create a vibrant ICT ecosystem. The organization aims at using its platform to equip professionals and students with skills in emerging technologies needed for entrepreneurship and employment in today’s fast moving technological world. In addition, use the expertise at its disposal to advise government and other stakeholders on best practices and public policies that would enable the use of ICT in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Visit www.iipgh.org for more information.
Hardware collection and crowd funding campaign
Our Dutch partner foundation “Climbing the right tree” is campaigning to send a container full of desktops to Ghana in the coming months. With more than 100 schools on the waiting list, we would greatly appreciate your support for this campaign.
Dutch high school student as an intern at a Ghanaian primary school.
Cathelijne Bijen, a Dutch Senior High School student spent two weeks as an intern in Ghana. Maxim Nyansa arranged for her to be a teaching assistant at a primary school in Accra for two weeks, interacting with the children and helping them in their learning process. It was a new experience for her to spend this time in Africa, appreciating the hospitality of her Ghanaian host family a lot. Cathelijne was interviewed about her experiences by the local newspaper, urging people in her town to donate computers for schools. The school was happy with her help and is anxious to get more interns from the Netherlands.
Gabriel Asante has joined our team as a fulltime technical officer. Gabriel has been a volunteer and enthusiast since the first days of Maxim Nyansa and has also participated in the Training program of 2016. Gabriel feels very happy finally joining Maxim Nyansa full time after being on the waiting while teaching in a private School in Kumasi. He is mainly responsible for all logistic and technical operations of our organization and is expected to travel to our school projects in various parts of the country.