Mrs. Theodosia Wilhemina Jackson, Principal of the Jackson College of Education, has called for increased private sector support to provide and improve educational infrastructure in rural and deprived communities.
She said it was time individuals, philanthropists and corporate organisations mobilised financial resources to build classroom blocks, provide furniture, ICT equipment and other facilities needed to promote quality teaching and learning in rural communities.
This, according to her, was the only way to bridge the yawning gap in education delivery and bringing equal opportunities to children in the urban and rural communities.
Mrs. Jackson made the call during a presentation of scholarships to 37 brilliant but needy students of the College at a ceremony at Ayeduase in the Oforikrom municipality.
The scholarships are being sponsored by the Jackson Foundation, a charity arm of the College to help the beneficiary students complete their courses.
Mrs Jackson described as worrying the infrastructural gap between schools in urban communities and those in rural areas which often hindered quality service delivery in rural communities.
“Since the same examination questions are set for final-year students at the basic and second-cycle level irrespective of where one comes from or the school one attends, it will be only fair to resource deprived schools with the requisite infrastructure for quality education delivery”, she noted.
Mrs. Jackson, said investing in quality human resource development was necessary for the progress of any society.
The ceremony was also used to honour deserving personalities, such as Reverend Emmanuel Dela Tega, a Presbyterian Minister whose meritorious services helped to promote educational development in deprived communities.
Mrs Jackson said the College, focused on the training of teachers from deprived communities with the view to empowering them to go back to their communities to help raise educational standards.
Mr. Osei Assibey-Antwi, Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), lauded Professor and Mrs. Jackson for their vision in establishing the College and the Foundation to help train and develop the skills of the youth to teach in rural communities.
He said ensuring quality educational delivery was a shared responsibility and asked Non-Governmental organizations to complement the efforts of the government by assisting to build classroom blocks and equipping schools with the requisite resources to improve teaching and learning.