The Mining Department Senior Staff Welfare Association of AngloGold Ashanti (Iduapriem) Limited which operates the Iduapriem Mine has constructed a three-unit staff bungalow for Kwame Tsentsen M/A School in the Prestea Huni Valley Municipality.
The project, which was started by the community, was stalled at an early stage for many years due to lack of funds until the employees of the mine mobilized GHc20,000 to complete the building.
The construction of the bungalow is expected to help improve the quality of teaching and learning and ease the burden on teachers who had difficulties accepting postings to the school over accommodation challenges.
Speaking at the commissioning and handing over ceremony, Senior Manager – Mining for Iduapriem Mine and Patron of the Welfare, Mr Stephen Asante Yamoah, said they were touched by the plight of the school and motivated by one of AngloGold Ashanti’s (AGA) core values to undertake the project.
“We always say this every time and everywhere we go, that we want communities and societies in which we operate to be better off for AngloGold Ashanti having been there,” said Mr Yamoah. “As employees, we saw the challenge facing the school and community and we decided to emulate our company and help.”
He assured the community and the school authorities that the Iduapriem employees would continue to offer them the needed support in line with AGA’s social investment and education improvement programmes. Mr Yamoah also called on other workers to come to the aid of communities and schools facing similar challenges.
The Headteacher of the School, Mr Frederick Archer, was grateful to the Association for the kind gesture, and called on them and other benevolent organisations to assist the school acquire computers to facilitate effective teaching and learning of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in the school.
Circuit Supervisor for Awudua, Mr Stephen Teye Zuta, who represented the Municipal Education Director, commended the Iduapriem employees for the project and noted that most teachers were hesitant in accepting postings to the school over lack of accommodation. He, therefore, admonished the headteacher, the School Management Committee (SMC), teachers and elders of the community to take good care of the building and keep it in good shape at all times.
In attendance at the handing over ceremony were the Assemblyman for the Petepom Electoral Area, the chief and his elders, members of the community, old students, teachers and the school pupils.
Background AngloGold Ashanti, an international gold mining company with a globally diverse, high-quality portfolio of operations and projects, is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Measured by production, AngloGold Ashanti is the third-largest gold mining company in the world.
AngloGold Ashanti produced 3.8Moz of gold in 2017, generating $4.36bn in gold income, utilising $830m capital expenditure. AngloGold Ashanti has an attributable Ore Reserve of 49.5Moz of gold and an attributable Mineral Resource of 208.2Moz.
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