John William Montessori School at Tanoso, in the Ashanti Region, founded by Mrs. Nana Randall, in has in a collaboration with the First Lady of Guinea, Mrs. Constancia Mangue Nsue De Obiang, embarked on an initiative to educate Guinean children in Ghana.
Speaking to Educational News in Kumasi, Mrs Randall, the founder of the school and Voices of African Mothers, (VAM), a United Nation’s Non – Governmental Organizational (NGO), said she received three children from Guinea last year who have all enrolled in the school.
She said that the school do not only enroll Guinean children but also children from other African countries, Europe and America and also offers study abroad opportunities .
The Guinean National Coordinator of the project, FCO. Javier Munoz de Unamuno, speaking to Educational News, expressed how delighted he was about how the children study rates kept improving.
The new Guinean pupils were introduced to the school at a welcoming ceremony held at the school premises at Tanoso a suburb of Kumasi under the theme ‘’New Age, New Approach’’.
‘’We started this pilot programme to make sure we have a cultural exchange and for the pupils (Guinean students) to speak good english’’ She said
‘’I may not have the capacity to change the entire world but I honestly believe that I can be an instrument of change in the lives of suffering children and mothers’’ she stressed
She said Voices of African Mothers (VAM) has procured 33 acres of land in Ghana with the help of the first lady of Equatorial Guinea because the legacy of the first lady is education.
VAM according to Mrs. Randall has a school project in the pipeline yet to commence soon at Sogakope.
Declining comments on the problem facing the school she said the Ghana Highway Authority pulled down all billboards of the school whiles constructing the Sofoline-Abuakwa road and promised to re-erect but never did.
‘’They came here and said we should give them the permission for the construction of the road which I did, but suddenly they got to the school and stopped. Now whenever it rains all the water from the streets run into our compound posing health hazard to the students and the entire management of the institution’’ Shee keenly stated
‘’The school which has three entrances due to the construction of the road has compelled them to only have one access route making’’ She further stated
Mrs. Randall postulated that she will sue the Ghana Highway Authority should it fail to reconstruct back the schools billboards as well as fix the rain drainage path from the school.
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