The Avegorme D/A Primary School in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region has received a befitting classroom block, an office and sanitary facilities.
The project was commissioned on 8th November, 2021 by an education-focused non-profit organization – Pencils of Promise (POP) in collaboration with Marie Vivian Dogbe Foundation for the Avegorme community.
The construction of the 3-unit classroom block with office and store for Avegorme Community Baptist Primary School commenced on Tuesday, 9th March, 2021.
The befitting project has ancillary facilities such as 6-unit water closet (WC) and a four-unit urinal to accommodate the kindergarten (KG) and primary one pupils of the Avegorme D/A Primary School.
Pencil of Promise (PoP) also furnished the 3-unit classroom block with 21 and 13 kindergarten tables and chairs, 70 dual desks as well as latest teachers’ tables and chairs.
According to the Country Director of Pencil of Promise (PoP) and Marie Vivian Dogbe Foundation, the facility was constructed to help address infrastructural challenges facing the school and the community.
The Country Director of Pencil of Promise Mr. Freeman Gobah, who was speaking at the commissioning noted that, the Avegorme project is the eleventh (11th) school block constructed in the South Tongu District.
He explained that, they are optimistic similar projects would be extended to other schools in the areas in due course.
Mr. Freeman Gobah added that, the Pencil of Promise had so far constructed a total of 187 educational infrastructure across three regions of Ghana thus; Volta, Oti and Eastern Regions.
He again said, PoP has provided 90 schools with sanitation and wash rooms for the past nine years.
“I want to say that, 1,000 teachers from 100 schools were also being supported in various ways to improve their teaching skills to deliver quality teaching and learning to the pupils.The e-reader programme was currently being run in 89 schools while more than 9, 500 electronic readers with 100 books on each of them were deployed to support teaching and learning.” He explained.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr. Woelinam Dogbe, the President of Marie Vivian Dogbe Foundation has admonished the management of the school to ensure that the facility is put to good use and properly maintained to serve the purposes of its construction.
He hinted that, the facility was constructed by the Marie Vivian Dogbe Foundation, a foundation in memory of their late Mother in collaboration with a pro-education NGO, Pencils of Promise.
This is the first set of classrooms for the school, which has been operating in a dilapidated structure.
The Marie Vivian Dogbe Foundation paid fully for what should have been the community’s 20% contribution of the total project cost, and also paid for what should have been labour provided by the community in communal labour.
Doing something impactful in memory of a loved one is a positive gesture worth commending and, the beneficiaries and citizens believe the late Marie Vivian will be smiling in eternity for the honor done her memory.
Pencils of Promise has been operating in Ghana since 2012 and has funded educational projects in the Volta, Oti and Eastern Regions. PoP builds clean and safe schools in rural and developing countries with the aim of increasing access to quality primary education.
The Avegorme D/A Primary School which was built in 1996, had not seen any renovation or additional facilities and this had posed great challenges to their quest to deliver effective and excellence academic works as the environment was not conducive due to poor infrastructure.
According to the authorities of the school, the facility would help enhance teaching and learning in the school.
They also appealed to individuals, benevolent organisations and philanthropists to support the school in similar ways to improve academic work.