The Laweh Open University has ended its first Free Coding Clinic with a graduation ceremony and presentation of certificates to the participants.

The Free Coding Clinic was a novelty by Laweh University to introduce interested persons to the knowledge of coding and development of software to solve problems.

Laweh University, Ghana’s Premier Open University, offered the Coding Clinic for free, in conjunction with FVTech Canada. The University stated that it decided to open its facilities to such interested persons to learn for free, so as to help address the unemployment situation in the country through empowerment and creating startups.

The Clinic, with tutelage and instructions from FVTech Canada, empowered the participants with the skill to take advantage of the computer age and create problem-solving software that will enhance their living conditions and earn them income.

At the graduation ceremony, Consulting Vice Chancellor of Laweh Open University, Professor Goski Alabi, said the initiative is to contribute the University’s quota to solving the unemployment situation in the country.

Prof. Alabi indicated that the Coding Clinic is just one of the many short-courses that the school will introduce to empower individuals and train them on modern ways of doing things.

“We believe in applied and useful education to enable the youth to acquire practical skills to reduce the unemployment challenge in the country” she stated.

She noted that participants have been empowered and upon completion of the next four courses, will increase their chances of landing jobs or make them entrepreneurs

Prof. Alabi, who is also Ghana’s first female Professor of Quality Assurance, underscored the need for educational institutions in Ghana to empower people with hands-on employable skills to make them fit into the job market or succeed as entrepreneurs.

She advised the youth to accept challenges and always take advantage of opportunities to learn new skills, such as developing software.

On his part, Dr. Anthony Ardiabah of FVTech Canada was upbeat that coding and software developments, were the game changer in Ghana’s quest towards industrialisation and development.

The beneficiaries of the Laweh Free Coding Clinic expressed their gratitude to the Laweh University for the unique opportunity to learn and develop software within seven days.

At the graduation ceremony, the students were made to display their project works, much to the admiration of all gathered.

(Front row) Dr Anthony Ardiabah (third left), Lead Resource person; Prof. Goski Alabi (fourth left), Laweh Consulting Vice Chancellor; (back row) Mr Isaac Kuma Yeboah (first left), a Resource person; and Mr Daniel Bukari (second left), Registrar of Laweh, in a group photograph with participants of the Coding Clinic   

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