School children from the Nhyiaeso Basic School have applauded the MTN Ghana Foundation for building and handing over a six-unit classroom block and staff bungalow for children in the area.
The facility, which was put up at a cost of Ghc500,000 will serve about 356 pupils. It comes with a staff common room and headteacher’s office which have all been fully furnished.
The Ag General Manager for the Northern Business District of MTN Ghana Simon Amoh handed over the completed facility to the Chief and people of Nhyiaeso within the Asante Akyem district.
Samuel Koranteng, Corporate Services Executive and Executive Director of the MTN Ghana Foundation said, “I am really pleased about the completion of this important facility. The MTN Ghana Foundation embarked on this project because of the value we place on education. We believe that children of school going age and those yet unborn equally deserve better opportunities in education at all levels.”
“The facility will bring hope and relief to about 356 pupils (184 boys and 172 girls) and teachers from Nhyiaeso. It will also serve eight other surrounding communities. We look forward to hearing about high retention in school and increased enrolment,” Mr Koranteng said.
The request for the building was presented to MTN Ghana Foundation board by Ohemeng Tawiah, a journalist working with Joy Fm who chanced upon the school whilst covering a story in the area. According to the story he carried, pupils in the school had gone through several challenges including walking over 20 kilometers to the neighboring towns to attend school. Reports indicate that some of the girls where sexually assaulted by some herdsmen in the surrounding communities.
The existing facilities were in a very poor state and many of the structures were almost collapsing. The provision of the classroom block school will therefore help to eliminate absenteeism on the part of both pupils and teachers. It will also end the long trekking pupils had to undertake to access education.
The representative of Agogomanhene, Nana Brentuo Asadro Nti said, “I am amazed at what MTN has done to promote education in this area and I wish to express my sincere gratitude to MTN”.
In his remarks, the DCE, Hon. Francis Oti Boateng also said, “Government appreciates the role of the private sector and commends MTN for such an initiative. Comparing this new school to the old dilapidated structure, this is a tremendous improvement. Considering the cost of the structure, it would have taken years for the Assembly to accrue that amount of money to provide such a facility. Well done to MTN for supporting Asante Akyem and its environs”.
The District Education Director, Madam Mildred Ama Kwakye Agyapong also said, “this is one of the finest school buildings in the country. We are grateful for the relief this would bring and how it would also enhance education in this area. I plead with the people of Nhyiaeso to take good care of the building to make it last longer”.
Among other dignitaries who attended the brief ceremony were the Odikro of Nhyiaeso Nana Kwasi Owusu, Hon. Andy Appiah Kubi, MP for Asante Akyem North and Mr. Jim Aglah, the General Manager of Multimedia Group in Kumasi. The event was also attended by MTN officials in the region.
For about twelve years now, the MTN Ghana Foundation has been instrumental in supporting national development efforts through a conscious investment in the areas of Education, Health and Economic Empowerment. Over USD 15,207,874.19 has been invested in about 149 projects across the country out of which 85 are education projects. These projects are estimated to have impacted over 4 million people.
About The MTN Foundation:
The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments. MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus -Health, Education and Economic Empowerment.
From its inception to date, the Foundation has undertaken 144 major projects across the country. Notable health projects include: construction of a Neonatal Care Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the 2nd floor maternity block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, construction of a maternity block for Ejisu Government Hospital, and construction of an Emergency Center for Atua Government Hospital.
Education projects undertaken include: construction of a boys dormitory for Akropong School for the Blind, construction of a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, establishment of 10 MTN ICT Learning Centers in each of Ghana’s 10 regions and the institution of an Innovation Hub at KNUST to promote Telecoms Engineering and Research. Key projects undertaken in Economic Empowerment include: the construction of shea butter processing centers, provision of seed capital and skill training for Women of Tizaa Dini Association of Yendi and the Sung Suma Women Association of Wa.