The Centre for Sustainable Rural Development (CESRUD), a non-profit humanitarian organization has donated furniture and educational materials to some selected basic schools in the Bolgatanga Municipality.
The gesture is part of the NGOs contribution to enhance quality academic work in the beneficiary schools.
The donation which was given to the most deprived Primary and Kindergarten (KG) schools in the Bolgatanga West B and Bolgatanga North Circuits, included 44 Hexagonal tables, 264 Children’s chairs, 11 Teacher’s tables and 11 teacher’s chairs.
Each beneficiary school was further given teaching and learning materials such as erasers, pencils, sharpeners, crayons and 50 copies of “My First Copy Book” among others.
Speaking during the presentation, Mr Rex Asanga, the Executive Director of CESRUD explained that the donation was being funded by Amsterdam Bolgatanga Foundation, an NGO, and said part of the funding was used to organize refresher courses for the KG teachers and about 42 teachers who were trained on modern classroom management to enhance effective teaching and learning.
The Executive Director indicated that most of the schools in the area especially the basic ones were sitting on bare floor during lesson hours and the teachers had no tables and chairs and noted that it affected effective academic work
He added that the intervention was therefore part of measures to augment government’s efforts to provide quality education.
He said government’s resources were limited and could not meet all the needs of every society, and therefore the brief ceremony to handover the items to the schools was aimed at initiating a conversation that would ignite self-commitment from all individuals towards community development to boost sustainable national development.
While he underscored the need for the beneficiary schools to purposefully use the items to improve upon performance in the area, Mr Asanga appealed to government through the Bolgatanga Municipal Assembly to put measures in place to improve upon the infrastructure of the schools, especially the KGs in the area.
Madam Paulina Patience Abayage, the Upper East Regional Minister, commended CESRUD for the efforts over the years in contributing to quality education in the Municipality and said it was gratifying to see individuals, groups and communities team up to develop or give back to society.
The Regional Minister indicated that when societies waited for government to provide all their needs, it would only worsen the poverty gap between the poor and the rich and added that it was time for individuals to emulate Mr Asanga and cultivate the spirit of self-initiation to help develop society.
She charged teachers particularly the beneficiary schools to work hard to turn the abysmal performance of the pupils in the area, especially at the Basic Certificate Education Examination (BECE) level to give meaning to the gesture.
Madam Elizabeth Asigri, the Bolgatanga Deputy Municipal Director of Education applauded CESRUD and its sponsors and said KG formed the foundation of every educational career and charged the schools to cultivate a maintenance culture to keep the items in good shape.