First Lady Mrs Lordina Mahama has stressed the need for mothers to prioritise early childhood education. This according to her will not only enable mothers to have space and time to attend to their economic activities in the interest of the family but also increase or improve the intelligence level of their children.
Mrs Lordina Mahama made the observation when she commissioned a teacher’s quarters, a Kindergarten complex, a market, a toilet facility and a new NDC party office at Ampoma in the Brong Ahafo Region.
The First Lady emphasized that the kindergarten complex will engage children between the ages of 3 to 5 years and make life more comfortable for working mothers. Adding that being mothers, their children need to be in school so that they can have time to work.
“This KG complex will be a benefit both to mothers and their children. Children taught at an early age usually benefit in the following ways; improved social skills, less or no need for special education instruction during subsequent school years, better grades, and enhanced attention spans” she observed.
“Recognising the importance of early childhood education, President Mahama has committed, in his second term, to review and implement the national policy on Early Childhood Care and Development and broaden parental participation in the implementation of the policy.”
Mrs Mahama said government will continue the rehabilitation, and construction of kindergarten facilities throughout the country; establish special schools in designated Colleges of Education to train teachers solely for Early Childhood Care. These are all geared towards improving the quality of early childhood education, and to reduce the burden on parents.
“The process of eliminating the remaining public schools under trees, and abolish the shift system countrywide, will be given the necessary attention so that our children would not go playing truancy when they are supposed to be in school” she said.
The First Lady was optimistic that the provision of free school uniforms, free exercise books and free footwear for needy pupils; expanding the School Feeding Programme to all public basic schools in rural and suburban communities; and ensuring an improvement in Special Needs Education, would reduce financial burden on parents and increase school attendance.
As an organization interested in equal opportunity or access to quality education and other basic needs in life, the Lordina foundation has for the past years advocated the need for all children to be in school.
The foundation has donated computers to some schools in the country and facilitated the construction of a dining hall at Chereponi in the Northern Region aside sponsorship being given to brilliant but needy students to study home and abroad. It has among others recently facilitated the building of the ultramodern ICT centre, with support from Huawei Technologies Ghana Limited, in Ampoma and also distributed sandals and school bags to the pupils of Anglican School in Ampoma.
Aside the kindergarten complex, the First Lady commissioned a teachers’ quarters that will serve as a home for some teachers in the community and provide them with the comfort and peace to deliver quality education to students.
Mrs Mahana explained that the teachers’ quarters is meant to solve accommodation problem for teachers who are transferred to that community as well as those leaving far from the schools.
Another project, which was commissioned by the First Lady was the Ampoma market. Mrs Mahams expressed government commitment to rehabilitate all markets in the country, to make them places worthy of doing business for traders.
She said: “the modernization of all major markets will continue to be government’s strategy, for expanding opportunities, for traders across the country and the commissioning of the Ampoma market is a clear indication of the government’s determination to improve conditions and provide stalls for our market women”.
With regards to the toilet facility, She said it is a step that advances Government’s vision to end open defecation by the year 2021.
The First Lady also commissioned a party office for the administrative works and other party functions of the National Democratic Congress.
She urged the Ampoma community to ensure the proper maintenance of the facilities commissioned for future generation.