Asante Akim Multipurpose Community Telecentre (AAMCT)

The AAMCT employs computer-equipped training facilities to provide education and health-related training to the people in the district. It is an exercise to empower rural communities and promote the social, cultural and economic growth of the people in the Asante Akim district.

The AAMCT provides adult education  and services. This includes adult basic education (ABE) classes, life-long learning opportunities, basic computer comfort (to introduce people to the keyboard, the mouse, how to turn the machine on and off, and some basic applications which will enable adults to use the computer without supervision and prepare them for more advanced computer training in the future, mentoring younger people, telecommunications contact with relatives and friends, financial planning assistance, and health care and other services information.

The AAMCT provides career development and job preparation services. This service includes both job skills training and job search activities. Job skills training includes classes teaching basic computer literacy, keyboarding skills, word processing, graphics applications, spreadsheets, databases and other office skills classes.  Job search activities include resume writing workshops and classes teaching interviewing skills.

The AAMCT helps prepares people to meet the increasing computer needs of schools, business, and industry by providing skills in microcomputers, operating systems, database management, word processing, spreadsheets, office skills, the world wide web, PC troubleshooting.  The training material is based on proven educational techniques and prepares information  technology (IT) professional for tests leading to designations such as the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) for Windows 2000, Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Certified Novell Administrator (CAN), Certified Novell Novell Engineer (CNE), Certified Internet Professional (CIP), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), and A+.

The Health Centre at the AAMCT provides community health screening, medical counseling, STD treatment, HIV/ AIDS testing, family planning and access to contraceptives to patients who come from all over the country. The Health Centre is managed by two trained nurses, a pharmacist, and a mobile health team from Agogo hospital.

The AAMCT’s Centre for Indigenous Healing (CIH) provides treatment for diseases such as cancer (all forms), diabetes, asthma, sexually transmitted diseases, and reproductive-related illnesses.

Of the 17 rooms at the Centre, eleven have been fully completed. One of the rooms serves as the Centre’s IT training centre. Equipped with 10 computers, an overhead, slide, and a data projector, it is capable of handling most training needs. The e-mail/Internet room at the Centre is  equipped with two printers (both desk jet and laser), a flatbed scanners, a camcorder, and a digital camera. It offers voice, Internet, e-mail,  and data services to the general public.

The AAMCT has an 8 bedroom Bed & Breakfast facility.  The facility provides accommodation and food to guests who stay at the facility.

The day-to-day operation of the centre is in the hands of a Centre Director, who oversees the activities of the Centre.  A technical coordinator, and five administrative assistants assist the Centre Director in running the AAMCT. Two instructors teach various information technology-related courses such as the Microsoft office suite (MS Access 2000/XP, MS Excel 2000/XP, MS Word 2000/XP, MS PowerPoint 2000/XP, MS Publishing 2000), Coral Draw, Computer Hardware, Networking Essentials, and Website Development.