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22.06.2012 Education

Coca-Cola hands over Learning Centres to schools in Greater Accra

By GNA
Coca-Cola hands over Learning Centres to schools in Greater Accra
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Dodowa, June 22, GNA - The Coca-Cola African Foundation, has handed over learning centres to 12 schools in the Greater Accra Region, at a ceremony at Dodowa.

The beneficiary schools include Dodowa Presbyterian Basic A and B and Newtown D/A Basic Schools, St. Andrew Cluster of Basic Schools and Presbyterian Staff Cluster of Schools all at Legon in Accra.

Others were the Aburi Presbyterian Basic A and B Schools, Methodist and the Presbyterian College of Education Demonstration Primary Schools, St Anthony R/C Basic School at Achimota and the Peduase Methodist Basic School.

The Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership (DCGEP) learning centre was designed to improve student learning and motivation, improve teachers' professional development and increase community involvement in schools.

The schools received television sets and DVD players and educational video library with more than 200 video segments.

Mr Philippe Ayivor, the Coca-Cola Equatorial Africa Franchise's Public Affairs and Communications Director, appealed to the government and the Ministry of Education to incorporate learning with visuals into the regular teacher development program and school curriculum.

He said that would ensure that impressive results from schools in many more public schools throughout the country would be achieved.

Mr Ayivor said: “We look forward to exploring the opportunity of working with the Ministry of Education and our discovery channel partners, to incorporate the learning centre program into the regular teacher development program and the school curriculum to ensure that impressive results can be achieved”.

He observed that using the 21st century tools would contribute effectively to the development of the community and the country as a whole.

Mr Ayivor noted that as a country, Ghana could not achieve sustainable economic development and reduce poverty and diseases if the people continued to live in ignorance.

He said: “We all need to contribute to giving our children quality education since the government alone cannot shoulder the entire burden”.

He commended the government for its efforts at “eliminating schools under trees” and moving students to a more convenient environment for learning.

Mr Aric Noboa, President of DCGEP, expressed gratitude to education officials in the country, and the participating schools for giving them the opportunity to work with them to advance their education goals.

He also commended their funding partners, Coca-Cola Africa Foundation and John and Maureen Hendricks Charitable Foundation, for making the project possible.

GNA

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