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AGA Obuasi Mine Poised To Improve Learning Standards

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The Management of AngloGold Ashanti (AGA) Obuasi Mine says it is committed to working with stakeholders at various levels to improve learning standards and outcomes within its operational area.

The agenda is to assist educational institutions and also build the capacity of instructors to ramp up the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) pass rate to an appreciable average.

Under the Mine’s Social Management Plan (SMP), the mining giants had invested a lot of resources towards educational development, including learning materials for candidates, educational clinics, motorbikes for circuit supervisors and support for needy students.

Mrs Mavis Nana Yaa Kyei, the Superintendent, Social Development, AGA Obuasi Mine, speaking on behalf of the Mine’s Senior Manager for Sustainability, Mr Emmanuel Baidoo, at the closing session of a training workshop at Obuasi, in the Ashanti Region, said the company believed in prospects education provided the people.

Consequently, under its long-term socio-economic development programme, it is rolling out various interventions to build a formidable base for quality educational delivery.

The interventions range from the distribution of literacy and numeracy teaching and learning materials, improvement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education to supporting additional examination preparations for BECE candidates.

Additionally, the company intends to support the construction of classrooms and school facilities at the basic level to make education accessible to pupils and students, Mrs Nana Yaa Kyei said.

Touching on the training workshop, which targeted about 400 teachers and head teachers from the Obuasi Municipality and Obuasi-East District, she said, such refresher courses were appropriate as the beneficiaries sought to expand their knowledge base.

The idea is to enrich the teachers’ teaching and managerial skills for optimum performance.

The training was organised by the AGA Obuasi Mine in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES) and focused on subject areas, particularly Science, Social studies, English, Mathematics and Information Communication Technology (ICT).

Mr Kwabena Owusu-Nketiah, the Obuasi-East District Director of Education, lauded the mining company for its continuous material aid to raise the standard of education at Obuasi.

He called on the participants to take the topics learnt at the training workshop seriously for effective work.

In line with the programme, the AGA Obuasi Mine donated five laptops to the two participating educational directorates to enhance their work.

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