Creativity Group is one of our Hi-Tech Heroes. We recently had a chance to catch up with Abdul-kawiyu from Creativity Group to talk about their work and their ideas about using technology to help educate and empower young people. Here’s what Abdul told us:
How did Creativity Group first begin?
Creativity Group was first started by a group of students at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in response to an inadequate environment for practical experience. The students wanted to undertake various innovative projects in order to maximize the knowledge they acquire from the University, solving problems in their communities and to encourage other students to do same.
Since then, Creativity Group has successfully opened branches in the five major Universities of the nation [Ghana] where students are trained, monitored and guided to use their field of study to solve problems of the community using science and technology.
What’s an example of the type of project that Creativity Group members have worked on?
One good example is the uServe. The uServe is a microserver device which uses offline technology to provide educational content to rural and remote schools that cannot access or afford internet service. In this marvellous device, we successfully compiled the data of the most educative websites. The system can also periodically connect Itself to the internet to upgrade its content. It is designed and programmed to provide internet-like service through wireless and cable connection.
The uServe seems like an interesting way to provide resources from the Internet in places where online access is difficult. What other ways do you think the Internet can be useful for young people?
The Internet is important for the Right to Education because it can provide fair and easily accessible educational material to all students across the globe.
It also provides the platform to undertake courses online without going through the hassle of transportation, feeding and accommodation which deny a lot of people from literacy over the years. And, the Internet is also a source to harness information from human rights protection organizations.
“The vision of the Creativity Group is to see an Africa where the youth understands the importance of science and technology, where youth is abreast with the globally changing technology and can utilize it in solving their own personal, community and national problems without waiting for a third party.”
So, as well as Education, the Internet can be a good way for young people to find out more about their rights and the world around them. That’s not always easy to achieve though is it?
True. Creativity Group is interested in science and technology in relation to children’s rights and children’s empowerment. Children have the right to education; they also have the right to good health care. The internet, drones and sophisticated health machines like the X-ray and ultrasonic devices enhance children’s health, health care education and education in general.
But we are in a generation where a lot of people are still technologically blind, with almost no hope of overcoming this blindness, and that is to talk of some adult Africans. The coming generation of students should therefore be inspired and motivated into embracing and utilizing science and technology in an early age to overcome this current sympathetic canker.
So Creativity Group isn’t just interested in the Internet, but also in other technologies?
That’s right. Many of our projects are about technology and children’s rights. For example, uServe provides online educational materials to children in deprived communities which protects their rights to education. Our Smart Water Control project enhances the lifespan of water pumping machines in basic schools which provide them with clean water for good health. And we are currently building a Health Care Drone to distribute drugs and other healthcare materials to clinics in rural areas during emergency situations.
That’s really impressive! What would your advice be to other young people who are interested in the work you do?
Our advice to the youth of Ghana and Africa as a whole is to come together and start solving their own community problems with what they have and what they know. It doesn’t take so much to be innovative and creative and it doesn’t take so much to be a problem solver, all that is needed is the desire, hard work and dedication.
Thanks very much for talking to us Abdul. Is there a final message you’d like to give to all our RErights agents around the world?
Creativity Group undertakes innovative projects geared towards solving specific community problems. As societal needs change, these solutions must be updated to meet current needs.
The vision of the Creativity Group is to see an Africa where youth understand the importance of science and technology, where youth is abreast with globally changing technology and can utilize it in solving their own personal, community and national problems without waiting for a third party.
We’d like to say a big thanks to Abdul and the rest of team at Creativity Group for taking the time to talk to us about the really great work they’re doing with young people in Ghana and around Africa. And, we also really appreciate their support for RErights!
If you’d like more information about Creativity Group, visit their web site: www.creativitygroup.org