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28.12.2005 Regional News

Danish Teachers Union donates to Schools in Ghana

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Apraponsu (W/R), Dec 28, GNA - The Teachers Union and some students union in Copenhagen, Denmark on Monday donated items worth millions of cedis to two deprived schools in the Mpohor-Wassa East District in the Western Region.
The items including furniture, writing boards, exercise books, English Course Books for Primary and Junior Secondary Schools, pens, jotters, skipping ropes, toys and 12 footballs donated by the SELECT Football Manufacturing Company in Copenhagen, were presented to the Apraponso and Bomba schools. They were presented by a team of teachers and students from Denmark who paid a ten-day visit to study the country's educational system and to strengthen inter-school relationship between schools in Ghana and Denmark.
Birger Madsen, Mette Moeller Andersen and Karsten Stroerup were the teachers while the students who were 15 years and below were Lukas Beraki, Cecilie Andersen, Lene Arrildsen, Sebastian Johannesen, Soeren Gade, Jacob Andersen and Andreas Hansen.
Briefing newsmen after the presentation, the teachers explained that the visit was to offer the student with an opportunity to study life in Africa and said that the students would tour over 90 educational institutions to share their experience on their return to Denmark. They said that the students would serve as Ghana's goodwill ambassadors using both pictures and power point mechanisms to educate others about the food, houses, language, road systems and other aspects of the country's lifestyle.
Mr Madsen urged parents to forgo some of their pleasure to invest in the education of their children, "because such wise sacrifices would ensure the future well-being of your children".
He encouraged teachers not to relent in their efforts to inculcate good moral behaviour and hard work and become role models for their students.
Mr Madsen commended Nana Ekua Bri II, Chief of Apraponso, for her efforts in linking the Copenhagen Teachers Union and the schools to enhance academic work.
He said the excellent co-operation between the School Administration in Copenhagen and Nana Ekua Bri, who is a member of the Copenhagen City Council, had cumulated in the interest of the Union to assist schools in Ghana, especially at Apraponso and Bomba Mr Madsen stated that the Association had initiated a programme to provide other logistics, organise study tours of the country by Danish students and Teachers and promote other interactive studies. The delegation visited the Elimina Castles, some villages in the Western Region, the Kumasi Cultural Centre, the Kintampo Water Falls; the Mole National Park and the Accra Arts Centre. The students in an interview with the Ghana News Agency expressed surprise about the negative reportage of events in Ghana and Africa and appealed to the Western media to present positive side of development. "We used to see Africans on European Televisions as poor beggars, who live under horrible conditions and as a war ravaged continent," Master Lukas Beraki a student leader stated. "We have learnt the positive side of Ghana, the hospitality of the people, the desire to share in the mist of misery whilst others have the energy to simile to every one including foreigners in the face of challenging circumstances". Master Beraki appealed to the Western Media to more balanced in their reportage instead of the "twisted stories they feed us daily about Africa".
Nana Ekua Bri II, during her enstoolment last year established an Educational Endowment Fund, which has received support from the Danish Embassy in Accra and the Copenhagen Teachers Union.
The 100 Million-cedi Fund, she said was to assist brilliant but needy as well as to complement the efforts of parents in providing quality education for children in the community.

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