Mamakrom (E/R), July 29, GNA – Every Soul is Important (ESI) Foundation, a US based non-government organisation, has commissioned a three unit classroom, block, office and a staff common room at Mamakrom in the Ayensuano Constituency in the Eastern Region.
Other facilities attached to the school include computer and a science laboratory, seven teachers quarters block and six sitters KVIP.
The project which was worth GHÈ¼ 131,000 was aimed at helping to raise the educational standards and ensure equity in growth and development across the country.
The new classroom block which will serve as Junior High School block would help to reduce the increasing rate of absenteeism, school drop-outs, child labour and trafficking and other vices in and around the community.
In 2009, ESI Foundation completed a seven unit classroom block at Mamakrom as its first educational project to replace the old dilapidated block and constructed a borehole to provide safe drinking water to the school children.
In addition to the block, the Foundation annually provided school uniforms, shoes and bicycles to pupils staying outside the community to make quality education accessible to the community and its environs.
Mrs Linda Simpson, President of ESI Foundation, said it was important to support underprivileged communities by providing quality education in these communities for national development.
Touched by the dilapidated nature of the school in 2004 when she visited the community for a medical reach, Mrs Simpson decided to embark on this project to fulfill the vision which God had given her.
She dedicated the project to God and assured the community that there was hope for them if they take advantage of the project and encouraged parents to enroll their children in the school to optimize the benefits of the facility.
ESI Foundation has also constructed a borehole for the community as a sign of showing appreciation their hospitality.
Mrs GiftyAsiedu-Okantah, Municipal Director of Education, expressed excitement about the facility saying “the entire community sees this as a long-held dream brought to reality, as these exceptional, state of the art buildings and a bore-hole stands as physical symbols of the bright future of this whole community”.
She said the project was the latest chapter in the story of Mamakrom D/A school which would contribute considerable to the educational progress and the academic achievements of so many people in and outside the community.
She commended ESI Foundation for providing funds for the project and championing such a good course to smile put smiles on the faces of the people of Mamakrom and its environs.
She advised the pupils to exhibit discipline and commitment and focus on their studies so as the money and energy spent on the school would not be waste.
Nana Ansah Sasraku II, Chief of Mamakrom, commended the Foundation for its commitment to transform education in the village and pledged the community's readiness to support any other projects meant to help raise their living standards.
He called on residents of the community to take advantage of the new facility and enroll children of school-going age into the school.
Nana Sasraku II warned parents to desist from engaging their children in hazardous labour saying “allow them to express their potential through education”.