The South Tongu District Assembly has handed over a 6-Unit Classroom Block with Ancillary facility to Sogakope D/A Primary C school to enable them have access to quality education in the area.
The Classroom Block project was started in March 26, 2019 and completed in July, 2020 with an amount of Gh¢ 419, 655.50 funded by GRANT ASSISTANCE FOR GRASSROOTS HUMAN SECURITY PROJECT (GGHSP) awarded to DZIALETS LTD.
The facility consists of 1No. 6-Unit Classroom, Teachers Staff Common Room, Head Teacher’s Office, Store Room, 150mm thick Substructure block work and 150mm thick Cement, 32mm thick Cement and Sand mortar (1:3) floor screed, Carpentry works (Roofing members such as; Rafters, Purling, Ceiling Noggins, Pre-Coated Roofing sheets, Plywood Ceiling in Classrooms, Plastic T&G Ceiling at Eaves and Verandah, 6No. Mica Writing Boards , Apron around the perimeter of the building, Disability Ramp/Step, Rain harvesting System (1No.) with Poly-tank stand, Electrical Installation (Lights and Ceiling Fans) and Painting.
Hon. Emmanuel Louis Agama, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for the area in his inaugural speech covered by Tabitha Kugbonu of Coverghana.com.gh, said the Headmistress and Parents-Teachers Association (PTA) wrote a letter to him when he resumed office as the DCE that, they have been teaching and learning in a dilapidated classroom. Upon hearing their plights, he spoke with a friend who gave him a hint that the Japanese Government can be of help if he writes a proposal to them which he did with his team at the assembly.
He disclosed that the Government of Japan was supposed to build such project in 5 district in Ghana and he has been wondering if South Tongu can also benefit from such opportunity. God willing, the person was sent to the district to check on the challenge, received a warm welcome from the students and pupils when he came to the school which gave them the opportunity to benefit from the new classroom block.
He has charged the School Authority to put to use what has been given to them and ensure that they take care of it to last.
In a Speech delivered by the Ambassador of Japan to Ghana, H.E. Mr. Himeno Tsutomu said, the project seeks to address the basic education delivery which is in line with Japan’s ODA policy with its focus on human security.
He said the government of Japan recognizes the importance of quality learning environment for child’s education, and they are supporting the development of the education sector in accordance with the National Education Policy which ultimately seeks to strengthen the capacity of the basic education system by investing and mobilizing resources, allocating them equitably and ensuring their efficient utilization.
Mr. Tsutomu revealed that the Project for Construction of School Block at Sogakope District Assembly Primary School C was funded by Japan’s Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GFHSP) Scheme. A total amount of about Eight-Seven Thousand Six Hundred and Twenty-Three dollars (USD $ 87,623) was granted to South Tongu District Assembly to construct a School Block for the people of Sogakope and its surrounding communities.
He urged the School Authorities to make good use of the facility because it will improve access to basic education and provide secured and comfortable school to ensure that basic education is delivered adequately and on time to the children of Sogakope and its surrounding communities.
Madam Evelyn Araba Zentey, South Tongu District Director of Education commended the DCE for writing a letter to the Japanese Government for the establishment of the Classroom Block. She appealed to the DCE to continue with his good works so that teaching and learning can be more comfortable, productive and resul oriented in the area and promised to ensure that the School Authorities practice maintenance culture regarding the facility.
Madam Kokofi, Headmistress of Sogakope D/A Primary C School noted that their cries of infrastructure challenges in the school has come to an end. She lauded the DCE for his efforts and pledged to take proper care of the newly built facility.
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