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18.03.2009 Social News

Tokyo-based organisation builds resource complex in honour of President Mills

By gna

The African Trust, a non-governmental

institution based in Tokyo, Japan is building a 60,000-dollar children's resource

complex in honour of President John Atta Mills at Ekumfi Nanabin, his father's

The complex, which is expected to be fully operational by December this year, will

comprise a 150-seater library, and Information and Communication Technology

centre that could seat up to 40 people.
Mrs Ama Benyiwa-Doe, Central Regional Minister, broke the ground to mark the

formal start of the construction work and expressed the hope that the facility would

help propel learning among children in the area.
She expressed worry about the long teaching period used by teachers pursuing

distant education saying, the situation was a contributor to the falling standard of

education in the region.
Mrs Benyiwa-Doe held that since the two universities offering distance education

are located in the Central Region, many teachers only applied for transfers there in

order to run the course, which they often did at the expense of their classroom work.

She appealed to the management of the two universities -- University of Cape

Coast and University of Education, Winneba – as well as the Ghana Education

Service, to review the academic calendar for the course so that it does not “eat too

much” into school hours.
She urged the students to study for their examinations by reading their texts rather

than relying on unauthorised or leaked questions.
Reverend Heldad Bonney of the Methodist Church in Winneba said the African

Trust was motivated to undertake the project by the humility of President Mills.

“We have decided to site the project at his father's hometown to encourage the

children there to cultivate the habit of reading and grow to become scholars with a

calibre such as President Mills,” he said and expressed the hope that they will see the

President as a mentor and strive hard to be like him.