Education is the key to the realization of a better future of children. But for over thousands of disadvantaged children within the Agbogba community of Accra who lacks quality education, a better future can only be guaranteed under the African Thriving International – Ecobank Foundation partnership school project recently launched.
Dubbed “The Model School Project” is a GHC 1.4million project which seeks to provide pupils in underprivileged public basic schools with quality education.
It is believed the project will benefit over 1,000 underprivileged children within Agbogba community in Accra.
Under the first phase of the ultra-modern school model project, Agbogba Anglican Basic School will be the sole beneficiary of a 4 units KG block with kids’ rest room , a fully resourced 6 unit classroom, a multi-purpose building consisting of the head teacher’s office, staff common room, Library and ICT Centre among others .
According to the CEO of Ecobank Foundation, Julie Essiam, the move forms part of the corporate social responsibility of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated and providers of logistical support for oil and gas companies, Atlantic Trust Holdings and Atlantic Holdings of Dubai.
She added four(4) of similar schools will be built across the country in various regions including Eastern, Volta, Central and Northern Ghana all at an estimated cost of GHC 7million.
At a ground breaking ceremony and launch of the project at the Agbogba Anglican Basic School in Accra on Monday, September 5, 2016, Chairman of the Atlantic Trust Holdings and Atlantic Holdings of Dubai, Alex Asiedu noted the new model school library will be built to the standards of such schools in US with well- furnished modern gadgets like solar powered laptops with 24-hour internet connectivity among others to enable the pupils gain the same knowledge base compared to the kids living in the US, UK and other developed countries.
He said: “Our commitment to leading a continental and global transformation at all levels of society can only be realized when the youngest citizens of our countries are given better footing through education”. “Our role is to facilitate access to financial and technical support so that public basic schools of developing countries can enjoy quality education programmes and the best strategies to get all children into school and learning” he added.
For her part, the headmistress of the Agbogba Anglican Basic School, Joana Brukum welcomed the initiative with glee saying “The ultra-modern class edifice will change the phase of this school to benefit over thousand pupils currently enrolled into the Agbogba Anglican Schools”.
She commended the Ecobank Foundation and the Africa Thriving Int. for responding positively to their cry for help towards solving infrastructure problems of the school. She hinted that the project when completed will truly put smiles on the faces of teachers and pupils to work hard to improve upon academic work in the school.
Meanwhile, the Director General of the Ghana Education Service (GES) has also lauded the move referring to it as a great initiative by all standards and envisages it to be very compressive and holistic approach to education. “This is a great endeavor that will benefit education in Africa impacting several thousands of children and positioning them to be fruitful citizens when they group up contributing to Sustainable Development. His views were read across on his behalf by Rev. Dr. Chris Koramoah, a representative of GES.
The Agbogba Anglican Basic School was established in 1952 by an Anglican Priest known as Father Dean with support from the chiefs, elders and Agbogba Community members when he visited the area and spotted some pupils attending school under a tree. Although the school has seen several development projects, it still lacks infrastructural problem leading to the call for help.
Source: radioxyzonline.com/ Joseph Kobla Wemakor