Samuel Akumatey, GNA
Ehi-Horme (V/R), Sept. 27, GNA – Pencils of
Promise (PoP), a Non-Governmental Organization operating in the educational
sector, is expanding its programme for the 2018/2019 academic year to provide
40 classroom blocks to enhance access to quality education in communities
within the Volta and Eastern Regions.
Its literacy programme would also train 298
teachers, heads, and circuit supervisors in 73 schools, and also offer an
estimated 1,500 coaching sessions to parents.
Mr Freeman Gobah, Country Director, PoP made
this known when he launched the programme at Ehi-Horme in the Ketu North
Municipality of the Volta Region, where it recently handed over a six unit
classroom block with offices and sanitary facilities.
“We believe that every child should have
access to quality education, and so we will continue to partner with the local governments
and the communities to positively impact students, teachers and parents in high
need communities,” he said.
Mr Gobah added that the cycle of illiteracy
continued without access to quality education, and that the NGO’s electronic
reader project, which shot up literacy levels by distributing 3,500 book-laden
tablets to primary three to five pupils, would be boosted with 2,000 more
A total of 9000 paper books will be delivered
to 25 schools, in addition to preschool teaching and learning materials, all
with the intended goal of reaching 6000 pupils and 1000 parents.
He said the NGO had subscribed to UNICEF’s
WASH programme, building 50 toilets, and providing polytanks, water filters,
hand washing stations, dustbins, programming materials, as well as training for
School Health Educational Programme (SHEP) coordinators and teaching staff.
The Director noted the positive behavourial
change among pupils under the WASH programming, and said more water filters,
hand washing stations and dustbins would be distributed during the academic
Mr Gobah promised sustained monitoring of the
programmes, and entreated parents to invest more in the education of their
Madam Mercy Ashiagbor, Ketu North Municipal
Director of Education, said the NGO since 2013, partnered with the
Municipality, building eight school projects, and made an appealed to PoP
towards the total eradication of dilapidated schools within the Municipality,
saying most schools still lacked key infrastructure.
Togbe Dzeble Adukpo IV, Dufia of Ehi, called
on parents to take pride in the education of their wards and commended PoP for
their WASH programmes.
Pencils of Promise was founded in 2008 to
provide children in rural areas with quality school environments.
The NGO has erected 147 school projects in the
country since 2012, benefiting 38,000 pupils from 23 districts within the Volta
and Eastern regions.
Over 600 circuit supervisors, headteachers and
tutors from 48 schools were also trained.