Under the Soroptimist International club, a three unit classroom block has been renovated and officially handed over to the Old Tafo R/C Primary school in the Old Tafo municipality of the Ashanti Region.
The project comes as part of the organizations’ effort to assist schools in dilapidated state, children and women across country .
The project which was completed within three months has been lauded by the municipal education directorate, parents and people in the area considering the deteriorating nature of the existing school structures.
Until now, pupils in KG 1 to primary one had to move out of the classroom and join other colleagues during raining season. The situation made many pupils absent themselves from school.
The building had life threatening cracks, a situation which made school authorities write to the foundation for assistance.
Speaking at the ceremony to hand over the renovated school project to the headteacher of the school, a very optimistic Mrs Patricia Dadzie who is the Ashanti regional secretary of the soroptimist international, says the project would help put smiles on the faces of many parents and educational authorities.
In her speech, Mrs. Dadzie explained that
“Educational infrastructure remains a big challenge in some rural communities across the country and our aim is to improve school infrastructure in these communities,” she said.
“We are indeed happy that we’ve been able to make it. By this, we have cultivated into the future of these young ones”.
Circuit Supervisor of the Ghana education service in the Old Tafo municipality Mr. Prince Owusu Ansah, who could not hide his excitement at the gesture by the club, thanked the Soroptimist International, especially the Education program unit for lessening the burden of the school authorities to provide educational infrastructure.
“We all saw the nature of this very structure and I can tell you, after assessing the building we saw an impossibility in renovating it and so we decided to put up a new block for the school ..[And then] few months later we were informed that Soroptimist has begun renovation works on the building .. My brother, the foundation made possible what we said is impossible; and that is why we’re seeing this beautiful edifice today”.
The headmaster of the Old Tafo R/C Primary on his part promise to take very good care of the school to ensure that the facility is properly kept and maintained.
“We believe that education is a shared responsibility between government, represented by the Ministry of Education and the Ghana Education Service, community leaders and members, as well as development agencies.
‘We are blessed to have this Foundation in our aid. They have done a quiet a great work on this building; indeed, it was earlier a death trap but thanks to Soroptimist international , today the school can give a sigh of relief. We’re grateful to Soroptimist International for his enormous support” Mr. Mensah Ambrampah, school said.
Present at the event were municipal Director – Ghana Education Service, parents and teachers.
Source: Akwadaa Nyame (Silver Fm)