By Regina Benneh, GNA
Namasa (B/R) July 17, GNA - ActionAid Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) has inaugurated a gated six-unit classroom block valued more than GHȼ377,000.00 for Namasa, a farming community, in the Tain District of the Bono Region.
Besides the classrooms, the block consist of an office, a library, wash room, a toilet facility-six-seated Kumasi-Ventilated Improved Pit-latrine (KVIP) and girls’ changing room.
The NGO that seeks to promote social justice and eradication of poverty, especially in the interest of women and girls executed the project with funds from the ‘Peoples Post Code Lottery’ in the United Kingdom.
Speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the District Assembly (D/A) Primary School, the beneficiary school, Mr. Sumaila Abdul-Rahman, the Country Director of ActionAid Ghana, implored the public to promote girl-child education as a key route to empower girls in their communities.
Mr. Abdul-Rahman explained that formal education provided the basic, general and professional knowledge to serve as a wheel for socio-economic empowerment of individuals and families in the society.
Hence the need to motivate girl-children by families and communities not only with financial support but sound moral training to progress to whatever reasonable level on the educational ladder to attain the necessary degrees and professional qualifications to become responsible adults to contribute meaningfully to the holistic development of the society, he stressed.
Mr. Abdul-Rahman said the objective of the project was to ensure effective teaching and learning to sustain the interest of the pupils, particularly teenage and adolescent girls in school.
He observed that many girls absented themselves from classes because of lack of places like a changing room during a period of menstruation and hoped that with such a facility available the rate of girls’ absenteeism would be reduced drastically.
Mr. Abdul-Rahman said again ActionAid stocked the library with the necessary text and reading books, constructed a mechanized borehole for the provision of potable water for pupils and teachers and also provided 300 dual-desks, teachers’ tables and chairs and other teaching and learning materials at additional cost.
He entreated the teachers to be more professional and deliver to expectation and also urged the pupils to learn seriously to create a promising future for themselves to justify the investments being made in them by their parents and guardians.
Madam Charity Akua Foriwaa Dwommoh, the Tain District Chief Executive, expressed appreciation to ActionAid for its diverse assistance, especially in the area of supporting to enhancing quality education at rural areas in the country.
She said government alone could not bear the responsibility of providing the required funding and logistics to ensure the delivery of quality education to the Ghanaian children and appealed to other NGOs, philanthropists, charitable organisations and corporate organisations to emulate ActionAid’s gesture to augment government’s effort in that respect.