AfricaThriving and Ecobank Foundation build model schools

Accra, Sept. 6, GNA
– AfricaThriving International, dedicated to reducing the impact of poverty on
children and families, and Ecobank Foundation are working to enhance the
quality of basic education through the model school project.

The model school
project, to be cited at underprivileged communities to transform thousands of
lives, is to help build impactful relationship among the school, community and
government agencies.

In the next five
years, AfricaThriving International (ATI) and Ecobank Foundation would help
upgrade five basic schools from crèche to junior high school into a model
school at the cost of seven million Ghana cedis.

It aims, among
other things, to improve science-based and results-oriented education for over
50,000 children in resource poor urban and rural communities and improved
educational system with access to Information and Communication Technology,
crafts and culture to harness the best abilities of children.

Speaking at a
ground breaking ceremony at the Agbogba Anglican Basic School, the first
beneficiary school, Mr Alex Asiedu, the Chairman of the Atlantic Trust Holdings
and Atlantic Holdings of Dubai, said life was not worth living if wealth gained
could not be given back to support society.

“Coming from a
humble beginning, it is my way of giving back to society,” Mr. Asiedu said,
adding that the commitment was to lead a continental and global transformation
at all levels of society.

Mr Asiedu said
education provided the first major step to addressing the needs of every
community.

Madam Julie Essiam,
the CEO of Ecobank Foundation, said enhancing education infrastructure was one
of the pivots of the foundation and called on other private institutions to
collaborate with them to expand the initiative to all regions in Ghana.

Ecobank Foundation
and AfricaThriving International have partnered to construct five model schools

She said the
schools would be stocked with computers, laptops and other technological tools
to enhance learning.

She called on other
private institutions to collaborate with them to expand the initiative to all
regions in Ghana.

“Between
AfricaThriving and Ecobank Foundation, our contribution will not be limited to
needed infrastructure. We will work with schools, the communities and all
respective leaders to enhance this process of transformation,” she said.

Mr Morgan Asiedu,
the Executive Director of Ecobank Ghana, said the two institutions had joined
forces to help reinforce the importance of quality education to sustainable
economic development.

He said the model
school project would impact the lives of several people and families and
generations yet unborn.

He said education
held the key to unlocking the potential of the country and “we will strive to
elevate the next generation, one school at a time, so that we may have in our
own backyard the engineers for our oil industry, scientists for our
agro-industries and agronomists for agricultural revolution and so on.”

“Agbogba is going to
be different because we are changing the learning environment of more than 800
pupils and that of generations to come,” Mr Asiedu said.

Regions which will
benefit from the initiative aside Greater Accra include; Eastern, Volta,
Central and Northern.

The schools are to
be ready by the end of 2017.

GNA

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