Pencils of Promise (POP), an educational Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) based in Accra, has presented two hundred (200) pupils of the Juapong Methodist Basic Schools with Electronic Readers at a brief ceremony at Juapong in the North Tongu district of the Volta Region.
This is the first time pupils of the schools are benefiting from such a facility in their lives.
During the 2019/2020 academic year, POP undertook the construction of a six-unit classroom block with an office and ancillary facilities for the School as part of efforts to address some classroom deficit challenges facing the institution which has an enrolment of more than eight hundred (800) pupils.
The deployment of the 200 pieces of the E-readers would benefit all the P3 to P6 pupils of the double-stream school. The presentation of the devices was done to the pupils through the Parent Teacher Association (PTA) whose members were also present at the ceremony for some sensitization on the effective and efficient use and handling of the devices.
A Programme Officer at the Ghana Office of POP in Accra, Ms. Evelyn Setorwu Kangah told our newsteam in an interview that the E-reader device contains more than one hundred (100) books including story and textbook materials which are currently helping thousands of pupils in seventy (70) basic schools in the Volta, Oti and Eastern regions.
According to Ms. Kangah, a total of seven thousand (7000) E-Readers have so far been distributed across the country, adding that the support formed part of POP’s educational package to its sponsored schools to complement government’s efforts in the provision of Teaching and Learning Resources (TLRs) thereby improving the reading skills and knowledge of pupils at the basic school level.
The Vice PTA Chairperson of the school, Ms. Grace Ademadjiku-Coleman and the School Managemnt Committee (SMC) Chairman, Mr. Emmanuel Amekah were grateful to the NGO for the gesture. They described the gesture as timely and overwhelming, saying the support would go a long way to positively impact on the reading culture, habit and the academic performance of the pupils.
They gave the assurance that the parents and pupils would not only collaborate to ensure the maximum use of the devices but also take good care of them for the benefit of other pupils behind them.
Credit: Akukorku media consult