Accra, May 23, GNA- Four deprived communities in the Bosome-Freho District of the Ashanti Region, have been provided with school blocks and an Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre by Madamfo Ghana Foundation, a Ghanaian non-governmental organization in Germany.
The communities are Morontuo, Ampaha, Apewu and Esaase.
Hitherto, these communities were forced to have their classes under trees and in some cases in improvised structures due to a lack of school infrastructure.
Due to the NGO’s educational support programme, the Ampaha Primary School now has a 6-unit classroom block, and three-unit blocks each for the Esaase Lake Side Methodist Primary School, Morontuo Primary School, and Apewu Presbyterian Basic School.
The project comes as a relief for the communities, all located on the fringes of Lake Bosomtwe, the only natural lake in Ghana, especially at the basic level of education.
In the worst scenario, some of the communities had to combine Kindergarten (KG) 1 and 2 as well as Class 1 pupils in one makeshift classroom, with as many as four pupils sharing a dual desk, while others sat on cement blocks to study.
The NGO, in furtherance of its mission to support the less-privileged in selected communities across the country in the areas of health and education, has also equipped all the ICT laboratories in the beneficiary schools with 10 brand new desktop computers.
Each of the schools is also benefitting from mechanized boreholes and water reservoirs, as well as toilet facilities to help promote good hygiene among the pupils.
Speaking at separate durbars to inaugurate the projects in the four communities, Mr Enock Sunday Attipoe, the Deputy Country Director, said the focus of the NGO was working towards poverty alleviation through the provision of educational infrastructure, and health and sanitation facilities and other initiatives in some districts.
He was upbeat that the provision of the facilities in the communities would bring much relief and improve the standard of living in the beneficiary communities.
Mr Sunday Attipoe pledged to continue working hard to extend their support to many communities across the country to complement the Government’s development agenda.
He advised the pupils to take their lessons seriously while urging the management of the schools to put the facilities to good use.
The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr Simon Osei Mensah, commended Madamfo Ghana Foundation for complementing the Government’s poverty alleviation efforts in the past two decades.
He urged the beneficiary communities to maintain the projects properly for them to last longer to justify their provision.
“Your quest to help develop this country through your social intervention programmes is beyond our imagination,” he said and called on other benevolent bodies to emulate the kind gesture.
Other dignitaries who witnessed the inauguration of the projects were the District Chief Executive for Bosome Freho, Mr Yaw Danso, and the District Education Director, Mr Seth Boateng.