The Source of Light Ministries (SLM) International, Ghana in collaboration with the Evangelical Christian Academy (ECA) at Tefle in the South Tongu District of the Volta Region has presented a number of assorted Covid-19 protective materials and items to seventy-two (72) Junior High Schools (JHSs) in the district at a ceremony at Tefle.
The items are aimed at supporting the Coronavirus efforts by government and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to protect basic school teachers and the final year JHS three (3) pupils who are currently back in school for studies and their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
The donation of the items by the Church and its Tefle-based Academy has been seen by many as a major boost to efforts to contain the spread of the Coronavirus amongst final year JHS students in the district.
The protective items included Veronica buckets with their metal stands, hand-washing basins, liquid soaps, alcohol-based hand sanitizers as well as two (2) sets of Bible Study Lessons to keep the pupils personally in tune with God since no religious activities are permitted in the schools as part of the Covid-19 preventive measures.
Heads of Junior High Schools from Kpotame to Sogakope received their package at a brief ceremony at Tefle while the remaining schools in the district would pick their Coivid-19 items within the month.
Speaking at the ceremony, Country Director of the SLM, Rev. Daniel D. Sappor said the journey to secure funding for these Covid-19 items for all the schools in the district including the twenty (20) private schools, has not been easy when the idea was conceived during the lock-down period in March, this year. According to him, it took the SML as well as the Management and Board of the School faith to come this far.
Rev. Sappor was hopeful that such a huge intervention by the Ministry would go a long way to positively impact the lives of the beneficiary pupils who are the future leaders of the country.
He was also optimistic that the Bible lessons attached to the Covid-19 protective items would keep and prepare the students adequately and spiritually to face their BECE in a couple of weeks’ time.
Receiving the items on behalf of the schools, District Director of Education (DDE) for the area, Evelyn Araba Zentey (Ms.) described the support as unprecedented, saying it would go a long way to help prevent the spread of the virus in schools in the district. She was also of the conviction that the gesture by the SLM and ECA would help improve sanitation in all basic schools in the district.
The South East Sector Head of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Rev. Yao Oppong-Ankoma presented the items to the DDE on behalf of the Board Chairperson of the school, Mrs. Grace Barnes. He was glad that some of the gospel reading materials have been added to the Covid-19 PPEs so as to help the teachers know how to handle and treat the pupils under their care and tutelage. According to Rev. Oppong-Ankoma, the Bible lesson materials are very useful, adding that he had been a beneficiary of such SLM materials some forty-three (43) years ago.
Earlier in a welcome address, the School Management Committee (SMC) Secretary of the Academy, Rev. Dr. Abraham Akoto noted that since its inception some years ago, the Academy has rocked shoulders with other sister schools within the district not only in the area of academic performance but also in other fields of endeavour.
The ceremony was attended by the various Circuit Supervisors, a number of Headteachers as well as some core Management Leaders of the District Directorate of the GES.
Credit: Akukorku Media Consult