New Jejeti (E/R), Oct. 26, GNA – Ghana Cocoa
Board (COCOBOD) has donated educational materials to the Atewase Basic School
in the Eastern Region.
The items, which would hopefully improve
teaching and learning in the community, include exercise books, pencils and
clothing among others.
COCOBOD in collaboration with Dr James
Quartey, a US based dentist and a philanthropist donated solar panels under the
‘Light a Village’ project to the community.
The solar panels will serve as a substitute
light for the school children to learn during night hours.
Dr Emmanuel Agyemang Dwomoh, the Deputy
Chief Executive in charge of Agronomy,
Quality and Control, COCOBOD, said the gesture forms part of the company’s
corporate social responsibility efforts to respond to the needs of needy
He said the donation was part of the
company’s Child Education Support Scheme to help the education of children for
Dr Dwomoh said the company has constructed
school infrastructure and clinics to cocoa growing communities for their
contributions to the development of the nation.
Government has distributed over 200,000
tonnes of fertilisers to registered farmers this year under the Planting for
Food and Jobs programme.
An additional 20,000 tonnes of organic
fertilisers will be supplied to the farmers for organic farming.
He said government is working assiduously to
connect the community to the national grid and improve rural electrification
Nana Frimpong Siaw II, the chief of Atewase,
commended COCOBOD for the gesture and called on the school authority and the
community to make good use of the items.
He appealed to government to come to the aid
of the community’s road network and school infrastructure especially with the
Junior High School unit which was in a deplorable condition.
COCOBOD also presented two schnapps, cocoa
products and an undisclosed amount of money to Nana Siaw II.