MTN Ghana, the Leading Telecommunications service provider has constructed a full fledged school building for Street Academy in Accra .
The dilapidated wooden school building has been replaced with ultra-modern classrooms and training centers which will help enhance teaching and learning .
Since this Academy was established in 1986 , it has never seen any major renovation until MTN Ghana took this giant step by giving it facelift.
This benevolent exercise forms part of the 21 Days Y’ello Care programme which is an annual staff volunteer programme that involves community services that run across the MTN Group footprint from June 1 to 21.
It was instituted 10 years ago to enable the company to improve and sustain its relations with the people in the communities in which it operates.
In an exclusive interview with the Education Portfolio Adviser for MTN Ghana Foundation Mr. Ebenezer Terkpeh, after touring the school to ascertain the progress progress of the project , he disclosed that, the Street Academy project is the main campaign for this year’s MTN 21 Days Yello Care Challenge; and as the leading telecommunications service provider they have taken a bold step to invest in education hugely.
This he said, it is in this regard the 21 Days Yello Care Programme was themed: “Investing in Education for all.”
According to him, they are not only giving the Academy a facelift ; but they will also resource the facility with educational softwares and a full MTN 4Ginternet connectivity in order to enhance teaching and learning .
Since the company believes that infusing technology into the educational system can help bridge the development gap and extend educational opportunities to students in underserved communities.
In Ghana, some children hit the streets as a result of broken homes, verbal, physical and sexual abuse, neglect and poverty and loss of parents.
Without help from any recognised organisation, these children are trapped in a cycle of poverty and neglect. They lack basic necessities such as food, education, health care and a safe place to stay, thus exposing them to dangerous lifestyles.
The Street Academy, a non-governmental organisation, provides the basic necessities of shelter, food and clothing to such children and also gives them formal education and provides health care for them.
More so ,Street Academy, school also identify the needs and talents in young people within the community and fixes them into different career fields where they are guided and trained to develop their God giving- talents.
The Project Consultant for MTN Ghana Foundation Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Dogbatse, stated unequivocally that the Street Academy School has been completed and can be handed over to the beneficiaries.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/NewsGhana.com.gh