Connecting Children to a
digital future

IT for Children is a Swedish non-profit organization with main activities in Ghana, West Africa. We believe that information and communications technology is the key to a strong and sustainable development of a country. We therefore provide free of charge and high-quality IT education for thousands of school children and young people in Ghana every day.

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What we do

We believe in an interconnected world. A world where all people have equal access to information and opportunities to communicate, regardless of their income, gender and where they live. This is the very reason of our focus: to provide free and high-quality education for around 3,000 school children and young people in rural Ghana, every day.

When we started our classes in 2016, our students had never used a computer before. Most of them had never even seen one. Since then, their knowledge has grown exponentially: from using Microsoft Office programs, getting introduced to the world of internet and being able to communicate with people outside their small villages. The whole world of information is now within a click away. We expect to see many Ghanaian software developers, engineers, and graphic designers in the future!

Our work aims to support primarily SDG 9:

”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

We are currently running two IT for Children Academies, in two villages in the Western Region of Ghana: Busua and Dixcove. These academies cover students from six surrounding communities. We collaborate very closely with local schools where IT teachers in those schools hold their IT classes at our academy. On top of that, we run our own daily after-school program with comprehensive curriculum, where we put much focus on creativity, critical thinking, and grit. We are continuously expanding our operation to cover more communities.

 

The 30 students with the best academic achievement and grit have been awarded our Digital Leader Scholarship. The scholarship covers all school-related expenses (fees, books, uniforms) and medical expenses if they get sick or need vaccinations. On top of that, we provide them with nutritious school lunches for free consisting of fish, rice, and vegetables.

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Who we are

IT for Children is a non-religious and non-political organization. The organization is founded by Torsten Kjellgren and inspired by his previous projects in rural Ghana. Our activities are led by our board in Sweden, meanwhile activities in Ghana are implemented by our local staff. We have very low administrative costs that allow us to put most of our financial resources on our activities in Ghana. 93% of our expenses consist of operational costs in Ghana, and the remaining 7% is administrative costs in Sweden. The Swedish Fundraising Agency (90-konto) requires that not more than 25% of expenses are for administrative costs.

Our staff

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    Torsten Kjellgren

    Founder & Chairman of the Board

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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 field study in Ghana, examining the country’s democratization process. His study 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 employment and entrepreneurship as well as sustainable development, as part of Ghana’s national implementation of United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. Torsten has also worked for the Permanent Delegation of Sweden to the United Nations’ Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, UNESCO, at its headquarters in Paris, France as well as Policy Analyst for one of the largest think-tanks in Sweden.

    Torsten is the founder of the organization and the main head of operations. As he has lived in Ghana for longer periods since 2012, pursuing work within the political, academic and development field, Torsten possesses a wide network and a deep knowledge of the country. This represents a strong asset in implementing the projects for IT For Children.

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    Andrina Kjellgren

    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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    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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    Noel Huss

    Treasurer & 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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    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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    Viktor Elm

    Deputy Member of the Board

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    Viktor Elm is a PhD student in Political Science and Statistics at Stockholm University, and is a deputy board member of IT for Children.

    He has provided the organization with methods on statistics and evaluation of the students’ results. He visited Ghana in 2016 by the start of the project.

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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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    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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    Samuel Oppong

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    Samuel Oppong is 25 years old originally from Busua, Western Region. He graduated from Adiembra Senior High School in 2013, with much appreciating results. Subsequently, Samuel worked as an English teacher at a junior high school in Accra, 2013-2015. He then continued to the University of Ghana, Legon for a distance program in Bachelor of Arts; Psychology and Economics.

    Samuel is working as IT teacher at the IT for Children Academy in Dixcove. He is undertaking a specialization in web design, and is responsible for the website projects of the students.

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    Francis Badwe

    IT teacher in Ghana

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    Francis Badwe is 27 years old originally from Dixcove, Western Region of Ghana. Francis had his primary and Junior High education in Agona, Western Region. He received his Senior High School education at Nsein Senior High (Nsein). He furthered his education at the University of Cape Coast, Central Region where he completed his bachelor’s degree in Education (Management) in 2018.

    Furthermore, he did his national service at Nana Hima Dekyi hospital as a Health Information Officer from 2018 to 2019. Before joining IT For Children, he worked for Community Water and Sanitation Development Board (Dixcove) as an accounts officer.

    He has previously worked as ICT Teacher at Margaret Armstrong Catholic School (Dixcove) and Ideal College School (Tarkwa) as well as for the National Identification Authority and Electoral Commission of Ghana.

    Since 2021, Francis is working as IT Teacher in the IT For Children Academy in Busua, where he is teaching the mid-level group.

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    Isaac Abbiw

    IT teacher in Ghana

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    Isaac was born and raised in Kwesimintsim, in the Western Region of Ghana. After Senior High School, Isaac pursued a three-year Diploma in Psychology and Foundation of Education at the University of Cape Coast, in the Central Region of Ghana. He graduated in 2019 obtaining a bachelor’s degree in Education with Mathematics as major.

    Isaac has eleven years of teaching experience in the field of education, starting from the Lower primary to the Junior High School (J.H.S.).

    Before joining IT For Children, Isaac was working as an IT teacher for JHS, IT administrator, Head of IT Department, Examination Committee Chairman, and the Head of Department (HoD) for Junior High School at Kan Do It Standard.

    At IT For Children, Isaac is an IT teacher at the newly-opened academy in Aboade teaching IT, Mathematics, and other subjects for hundreds of children every day.

Main partners

Become a corporate partner!

Become our partner and help us improve thousands of lives! We are doing so much more than just IT. Our activities are based on 5 pillars:

1. Education: On top of our IT curriculum, we also teach mathematics, English, natural science, and social studies. Our statistics show that the school results of our students have improved significantly since they joined our program.

2. Health: Many children in rural Ghana go to school hungry. We therefore provide nutritious snacks to all our students just before they start every class.

3. Equality: Gender inequality persists in Ghana. Girls have less access to education than boys due to traditional gender roles that keep girls in the home. We provide scholarships and traineeships for girls in IT that will give them a better opportunity for good employment. We also run a Girls’ Empowerment Group where we encourage girls to speak up and discuss important issues from career options to sexual harassment.

4. Sustainability: We use refurbished laptops that have all been donated to us in Sweden. In this way, we use our resources better and avoid e-waste. Our academy runs on clean, sustainable energy from solar panels on the roof.

5. Job creation: In rural areas where unemployment is very high, we have created meaningful and respectful jobs within education, administration, maintenance, and construction. We help improve our workers’ lives by giving them decent work conditions and salaries. Also, we source all school lunches and snacks from women in the community, which helps them support their families.

If you become a corporate partner you will:

Contribute to that thousands of Ghanaian children who have never seen a computer before now get daily access to all the information and communication in the world. They will get the chance to increase their knowledge, develop their skills, and grow as individuals!

Make sure that more Ghanaian girls complete Senior High School education and get better opportunities to shape their own lives.

Participate in the creation of hundreds of new local jobs, where people get their own income which they can support themselves and their families with.

Feel comfortable that your donation will have maximum effect in children’s education. All our operations are pursued by ourselves with minimum administration, yet with full control and supervision.

There are many different ways to collaborate. We always strive to find a way that is beneficial for both parties, and above all beneficial for the children in Ghana. 

In order to discuss a possible partnership with us,
please get in touch via: info@itforchildren.org

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