The model school project, to be cited at underprivileged communities to transform thousands of lives, is to help build impactful relationship among the school, community and government agencies.
In the next five years, AfricaThriving International (ATI) and Ecobank Foundation would help upgrade five basic schools from crèche to junior high school into a model school at the cost of seven million Ghana cedis.
It aims, among other things, to improve science-based and results-oriented education for over 50,000 children in resource poor urban and rural communities and improved educational system with access to Information and Communication Technology, crafts and culture to harness the best abilities of children.
Speaking at a ground breaking ceremony at the Agbogba Anglican Basic School, the first beneficiary school, Mr Alex Asiedu, the Chairman of the Atlantic Trust Holdings and Atlantic Holdings of Dubai, said life was not worth living if wealth gained could not be given back to support society.
“Coming from a humble beginning, it is my way of giving back to society,” Mr. Asiedu said, adding that the commitment was to lead a continental and global transformation at all levels of society.
Mr Asiedu said education provided the first major step to addressing the needs of every community.
Madam Julie Essiam, the CEO of Ecobank Foundation, said enhancing education infrastructure was one of the pivots of the foundation and called on other private institutions to collaborate with them to expand the initiative to all regions in Ghana.
Ecobank Foundation and AfricaThriving International have partnered to construct five model schools
She said the schools would be stocked with computers, laptops and other technological tools to enhance learning.
She called on other private institutions to collaborate with them to expand the initiative to all regions in Ghana.
“Between AfricaThriving and Ecobank Foundation, our contribution will not be limited to needed infrastructure. We will work with schools, the communities and all respective leaders to enhance this process of transformation,” she said.
Mr Morgan Asiedu, the Executive Director of Ecobank Ghana, said the two institutions had joined forces to help reinforce the importance of quality education to sustainable economic development.
He said the model school project would impact the lives of several people and families and generations yet unborn.
He said education held the key to unlocking the potential of the country and “we will strive to elevate the next generation, one school at a time, so that we may have in our own backyard the engineers for our oil industry, scientists for our agro-industries and agronomists for agricultural revolution and so on.”
“Agbogba is going to be different because we are changing the learning environment of more than 800 pupils and that of generations to come,” Mr Asiedu said.
Regions which will benefit from the initiative aside Greater Accra include; Eastern, Volta, Central and Northern.
The schools are to be ready by the end of 2017.
Source: GNA/News Ghana