Residents of Ankaase, a tomato growing community near Techimantia in the Tano South District of Brong-Ahafo Region, has received an Information Communication Technology centre.
Parents, teachers and school children at the Ankaase Community Junior High School that housed the centre, could not hide their joy when the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Plan Ghana handed-over the ICT center and KVIP toilet to the school.
The facilities were constructed at the cost of about GH¢86,000.00.
Residents in the area, mainly farmers, abandoned their economic and social activities to attend the historic ceremony and to demonstrate their appreciation to the donors.
Nana Asumadu Amadei, Chief of Ankaase, was grateful to the donors, saying aside the ICT and the toilet facility, USAID/Plan Ghana had donated bicycles, school bags, teaching and learning materials and constructed additional classroom block to the school.
He said though the community had benefited from a number of projects, it needed teacher’s quarters and appealed to the District Assembly and other non-governmental organisations to come to their aid.
Mr Bukari Anaba, Tano South District Chief Executive, appreciated the contributions of USAID towards creating good environment to enhance effective teaching and learning in the district.
He said the government had already distributed 3,200 computers to public basic schools in the districts.
Mr Anaba said since 2010, USAID had improved on infrastructure development in nine basic schools in the district.
He advised the School Management Committee and the Parent Teacher Association to ensure proper maintenance of the facility.
Mr Jones Mensah, Headmaster of the school, noted that enrolment continued to increase in the school, creating congestion in the classrooms. The school serves about six settler communities in the area.
Mr Mensah said instead of 45 children per class, class one currently accommodates 112 children while class two has 99 pupils.
The situation, he said, was not different at the JHS level as JHS One has 75 students with 71 in JHS Two.
Mr Mensah appealed to the District Assembly to consider dividing the school into two segments to promote effective teaching and learning.
Mr Raphael Bukmah, Chief of Party, Transition and Persistent Project, Plan Ghana, emphasized that the facilities belonged to the entire community and appealed to the people to take proper care of them.