Teaching and learning activities at the Nhyiaeso D/A Basic School in the Asante-Akim North District of the Ashanti region is expected to improve henceforth.
This is because the MTN Ghana Foundation on Thursday donated a Ghs500,000 6-unit classroom block with full furnishing to the community.
The telecom leader also handed over a headteacher’s bungalow as part of the package.
Some 433 pupils in Nhyiaeso had to grapple with learning in dilapidated structures, whiles the junior high school students were forced to walk over 30 kilometres to attend classes in the nearest town of Ananekrom.
The plight of these young ones was brought to light following a news report by Multimedia journalist Ohemeng Tawiah.
Other communities, this modern edifice will serve are Jerusalem, Depot, Wenamda, Aboagyekrom, Pewodie, Mamprusi, Abotanso and Abrade.
Speaking to DailyMail Ghana after the official handing over ceremony, Acting General Manager for MTN Northern Sector, Simon Amoh mentioned that “a proposal was tabled before the MTN Ghana Foundation and hopefully it was approved and what we’re seeing here today is a Ghs500,000 6-unit classroom project, fully furnished plus a staff bungalow.
MTN Ghana believes that communities in which they operate should benefit from their operations, hence the huge investment they have made over the years through their corporate social responsibility.
The Foundation rest on three pillars namely promoting health, education and economic empowerment.
Mr. Amoh added “education is so important to MTN and why is it so; the future of any country depends on its youth and the quality of youth you bring up through education, determines the future of this country.”
“We have put up the infrastructure, tuition and availability of students to ensure that this school is very important. Our expectation is that 5 years from now, we should see a lot more people leaving this place to join higher institutions of learning”, he noted.
The District Director of Education, Mildred Ama Kwakye Agyapong commended the MTN Ghana Foundation for the facility, which she believes will not just increase enrollment but most importantly prevent the incidents of attacks and sexual harassment that especially female students encountered.
She also promised they would not take the maintenance of the facility for granted, so that future generation can take advantage of it.
The headteacher of the Nhyiaeso D/A Basic School, Jonah Akapanga on his part intimated that “anytime the clouds were down, we had to close for the children to go home. Some parents even withdrew their wards from the school because the structures had become a death trap. We’re grateful to the MTN Ghana Foundation for this gesture because this new block will go a long way to immensely support teaching and learning.”
Other stakeholders who expressed gratitude to the telco, included the Member of Parliament for the area Andy Appiah Kubi (Hon.), the District Chief Executive Mr. Francis Oti-Boateng and the traditional leadership of Asante-Akim Agogo.
The Agogomanhene, Nana Brantuo Asadu revealed that the traditional council through the Chief of Mponua has gifted the MTN Ghana Foundation, 100 acres of land to be used for any project of their choice.