Connecting Children to a
Limitless Future

IT for Children is an independent non-profit organisation based in Sweden with main operations in Ghana, West Africa. We believe that information and communications technology is the key to a positive development of a country – and therefore we strive to provide free access to computers, the internet and ICT education for hundreds of school children in Ghana.

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What we do

We believe in a more connected world, where everyone has equal access to the internet, regardless of their income level. Equal access means everyone will have the same opportunity of obtaining important information and reaching out to the world. To achieve this, our main work is to provide free and daily access to computers, the internet and ICT education for hundreds of children in Ghana.

In 2016, we initiated our project in a small coastal town of Busua, located by the Western Region of Ghana, where children were strangers to computers. Since then, they have learned to search for information online, as well as operate variant computer programs. Today, the world of information and communication is within their reach.

Our work has opened a door to children and young people to a vast world of information and communication from their first click on a computer. Aligned to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, specifically on goal number 9, our mission is to:

”Significantly increase access to information and communications technology and strive to provide universal and affordable access to the Internet in least developed countries by 2020.”

Ghana

Where are we heading? We believe that with access to computers and internet as well as a high-quality ICT education that we provide, the sky is the limit. We continuously identify the best talents among the children and provide them with a more specifically-tailored education. With your support, we are looking into future computer experts, graphic designer and scientists, among other things. Above all, our project will result in better employment and entrepreneurship opportunities for all the children.

In January 2017, we officially opened IT For Children Academy, our own Learning Centre in Busua. In its establishment, we welcome 70 students in our first classroom, equipped with full access of electricity, internet connection and laptops. By 2020, we aim to have four classrooms ready and opened to children in the neighbouring villages of the Academy.
IT For Children is a politically and religiously independent organisation.

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Who we are

IT For Children is founded by Torsten Kjellgren in February 2015, and inspired by his stays in Ghana where he was engaged in various development projects. The members in Stockholm consist of young professionals who work completely pro-bono for the project. We have also created local jobs in Ghana by engaging full-time local consultants, mostly working as teachers.

Throughout the year, we welcome interested volunteers to experience and contribute in our projects by sharing prominent skills, including by teaching ICT.

Interested in volunteering with us? Shoot us an e-mail at info@itforchildren.org

Our staff

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    Torsten Kjellgren

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    Torsten is a Political Scientist and Development Specialist from Stockholm, with a strong passion for Africa. He holds a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) in Politics and International Relations and a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) in Political Science from Uppsala University, Sweden.

    For his Master’s Thesis Torsten pursued his own original field study in Ghana, examining the country’s democratization process. His study, which received strong positive academic acclaim and the top-mark, consisted of in-depth interviews with central politicians and public officials, for example Ghana’s president 2000 – 2008: John Kufuor.

    Furthermore, Torsten has worked as Development Officer for the Ghanaian NGO Young People We Care (www.ypwc.org), implementing projects within education, women’s rights, youth-employability and entrepreneurship as well as sustainable development, as part of Ghana’s national implementation of United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Torsten has also worked as a trainee for the Permanent Delegation of Sweden to the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, at its headquarters in Paris, France.

    Torsten is the main head of operations, coordinating all the sectors of the organization. As he has lived in Ghana for a year, pursuing work within the political, academic and development field, Torsten possesses a wide network and a deep knowledge of the country, aside from his academic accomplishments and UN experience. This represents a strong asset in the process of implementing the projects for IT For Children.

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    Anthony Kusi

    IT Coordinator in Ghana

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    Anthony is a young computer expert originally from Berekum, in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana. He has been a part of the NGO Teach on the Beach (www.teachonthebeach.org) in Busua, the Western region of Ghana, for several years. This is also where Anthony met Torsten in 2012, and the two have been close friends ever since. Initially a student in the program ran by the NGO, he was subsequently appointed Tech Manager assisting the organization’s staff members and volunteers in technical issues. He has combined this role with being an ICT teacher for the after-school program in the community, where he has been teaching children from primary and secondary school how to use computers.

    Being the IT coordinator for IT For Children, Anthony is responsible for the installation, supervision and maintenance of the laptops, as soon as they arrive in Ghana.

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    Theresa Oppong

    IT teacher & Administrator in Ghana

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    Theresa Oppong is a local of Busua, Western Region. In 2016 she received her highschool graduate certificate from Adiembra Senior Highschool in Sekondi, Western Region with excellent marks. She started as a volunteer teacher in 2016 and after showing excellent organizational and pedagogical work, she was hired fulltime in November 2016. She has also, in coordination with Andrina, begun work on a ‘Girls’ Group,’ with the main focus of helping girls develop confidence and talent.

    As Administrator, Community Representative and Consultant, Theresa is in charge of representing the organization in community meetings, bookkeeping, general administration, as well as assisting with teaching.

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    Henry Vusiakorm

    IT Teacher & Communications Officer in Ghana

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    Henry is a young professional within IT and creative arts, originally from Accra. As a young boy, Henry became a part of the project Teach on the Beach (TOB) (www.teachonthebeach.org). Prior to joining IT For Children, Henry worked at the Busua Beach Resort. He has also been involved with IT For Children as a freelance consultant, where he has done artistic and graphic work for the organisation.

    In his role today, Henry mainly teaches ICT, English and Social Science for children in the age of 8 to 11 years old. He is also the communications officer on-site, where he is responsible for increasing the visibility of the organisation in Ghana.

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    Samuel Gyasi

    Academic Manager in Ghana

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    Samuel’s experience in IT – spanning over 10 years – cuts across the corporate world and the academic environment. He has taught and managed IT systems at different organisations, besides offering custom-made consultancy solutions to varied clientele – both personal and institutional.

    Samuel is a graduate of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, SMC University (Switzerland), Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration, and Kumasi Technical University. He is currently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Education at the University of Education, Winneba.

    As Academic Manager, Samuel is responsible for developing the curriculum at the IT for Children Academy, tracking the progress of the students, supervising the teachers as well as teaching programming.

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    Jakob Lindahl

    Advisor Web/Payments & Member of the Board

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    Jakob is a Technical Integration Specialist within online banking payment solutions for FinTech company Trustly Group AB (www.trustly.com) in Stockholm. He has previously worked within the same business at DIBS Payment Services and Nets Sweden AB.

    As the Advisor Web/Payments for IT For Children, Jakob has the overarching responsibility for the website and payment methods and updating it continuously.

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    Steve Mendler

    Vice Chairman of the Board

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    Sukma Dwi Andrina

    Director of Operations & Member of the Board

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    Andrina is a lawyer and entrepreneur from Indonesia with a passion for education. She runs a consultancy business in Stockholm with main activity in international law research and project management. Prior to coming to Stockholm, she worked as an associate in a law firm in Jakarta, mostly advising energy projects and labour negotiations. She holds an LL.M in American Legal System from University of Minnesota Law School and an LL.M in International Environmental Law from Stockholm University.

    As the Director of Operations, Andrina is leading the expansion of the IT for Children Academy, including academic management and recruitment. Andrina settled main corporate partnerships for the organization which enabled the expansion. She travels to Ghana every year for several months to teach at IT for Children Academy.

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    Meaghan Cooper

    Linguistic Adviser & Deputy Member of the Board

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    Meaghan is an Editorial Assistant at Taylor & Francis Publishing (www.taylorandfrancis.com), originally from Seattle, Washington State, USA. She holds a Master of Science degree (M.Sc.) in Politics and International Relations from Uppsala University, Sweden and a Bachelor of the Arts degree (B.A.) in International Political Economy from Colorado College, USA. Meaghan has experience working in Sweden for the NGO Initiatives of Change as well as the Embassy of Canada to Sweden, combined with her earlier pursued work for Railway Square YHA in Sydney, Australia and the Colorado College Department of Economics and Business, USA.

    As the Linguistic Adviser for IT For Children, Meaghan is reviewing and elaborating the English texts and documents of the organization.

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    Noel Huss

    Treasurer & Deputy Member of the Board

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    Noel Huss is a student in philosophy, politics and economics at Stockholm University. Combined with previous studies in business administration he spent a long time working for a company within the IT sector. He has also been a volunteer in Ghana for four month as a teacher.

    With on-site experience from the classes, Noel is working on developing and creating learning goals as well as lecture content to the teachers and students at IT For Children Academy. He is also managing parts of the organizations accounting and administration.

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