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20.06.2012 General News

Yaakrom primary school gets new building

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Yaakrom (B/A), June 20, GNA – The St. Theresa Roman Catholic Primary School at Yaakrom in the Dormaa municipality now has a GHC30,000 four-classroom block and a computer laboratory to replace its old dilapidated structure.

The building, with an office and a store, was sponsored by CV Afrika-Hilfe, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) for Catholic Students Movements in Germany.

The NGO, which currently engages in development projects for deserving communities in 19 Sub-Saharan African countries, was introduced to Yaakrom in 2005 by a Germany-based citizen of the area, Nana Alexis Kouassi.

At a durbar of chiefs and people held in Yaakrom to commission the project, the Reverend Deacon Hans Gerd Grevelding, president of the Cologne-based NGO, said it had existed for 40 years and aimed at assisting vulnerable groups and communities to enjoy decent living.

He announced the NGO's current target was Africa's youngest nation, South Sudan, where three modern classroom blocks were earmarked for the promotion of enrolment in schools.

Rev. Grevelding appealed to the people to practice birth control, to enable them to use their limited resources on the education of their children.

He announced other development projects for Yaakrom, which include the construction of a fish pond to enhance the protein level of residents and to provide jobs for the youth.

Nana Kouassi commended the NGO for its quick response to Yaakrom's request and pledged the community's readiness to support any other projects meant to help raise their living standards.

He called on residents of Yaakrom to take advantage of the new facility and enroll all children of school-going age into school.

He said the days when wealth was counted in terms of number of children to assist parents on the farm had given way to the acquisition of quality education for a brighter future.

Nana Kouassi advised parents to desist from engaging their children in hazardous labour but allow them to express their potential through education, adding that, “all talents inherent in the child would be realized as they climb the educational ladder”.

Mr Francis Kwadwo Oppong, Assembly Member for Yaakrom, on behalf of the chiefs and people thanked the facilitator and the NGO for the assistance and gave the assurance that the chiefs and opinion leaders would take the necessary measures to ensure all children attended school to justify the NGO's huge investment.


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