A dinning hall has been commissioned at the Tema Community 4 No. 2 primary school, to provide pupils of the school with a hygienic place of eating.
The facility constructed by GTP is worth Ghc200,000. The dinning hall is a 200 seater-capacity canteen with chairs and tables as well as a kitchenette.
According to the headmistress of the school, Mrs. Grace Asiedu Danquah, pupils of the school over the years have had to struggle to get a place to eat after they are served with their meals.
This she said was source of worry to the school for which they wrote to GTP for assistance.
“Most of our pupils in this school have had to either eat their food in their hands or eat in their classrooms which is not right. So together with the Assembly Member and the PTA, we wrote to GTP for assistance and they wholeheartedly came to our aid.”
According to her, the facility will go a long way to help them as the facility can equally be used as a meeting place for the PTA.
The Management of GTP on their part said the facility forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility which among other things is to provide assistance to the less privileged.
At a ceremony to open the facility, the Managing Director of GTP, Erik Van Der Staaij, said the company decided to assist the school due to the deplorable conditions under which it saw the pupils eat.
“Up till this day, the school children have no proper eating place. They eat in the open. The children sit on the staircases, stones and some even sit in the bare floor to eat their food. This was a cause of worry for us. The health of our children was at stake here,” he noted.
He said the project was funded by workers of the company as part of their contributions towards society. He appealed to the school to make good use of it and ensure it serves the purpose for which it was built for.
Mr. Staiij noted that, GTP last year as part of its 50th anniversary, renovated and furnished the lye-in-ward of the Tema General Hospital.
The company has also donated over 15,000 bed-sheets and pillow cases to 20 public hospitals between 2013 and 2016.
By: Elvis Washington/citifmonline.com/Ghana