By Juliet AGUIAR, Amenano
SABRE Charitable Trust in collaboration with Tullow Ghana is constructing a three-classroom block for Amenano (a fishing community) in the Shama District of the Western Region.
Initiated by SABRE Charitable Trust with funds from Tullow, it is expected to be completed within 10 months at a total cost of US$162,000 .
The project, which is a sustainable kindergarten complex will employ a number of community members as well as use locally available materials such as bamboo, palm kernel, coconut fibre among others.
Elijah Boye-Ampah, an officer from Tullow in-charge of the project at the sod cutting ceremony for the commencement of Amenano Sustainable Kindergarten Complex pointed out that the company funded the project since education is their priority in the communities in which it operates.
?The fishing community of Amenano currently does not have a kindergarten school – -the nearest KG is approximately two kilometers away from the village, which is too far a distance for a four and five year old children to walk each day? he said.
He said the kindergarten will be managed by the Ghana Education Service and it is expected that about 120 children from Amenano community will benefit from kindergarten.
Mr. Dominic Bond, the Programme Director of SABRE Charitable Trust said the project will have a significant impact on the community – – we will train as well as monitor the teachers who will be posted to the school.
He said the Ghana Education Service in the district will be a responsible for the management of the school and urged the community to support the project.
?Education is very important – – by getting the children to the kindergarten, it will encourage them to stay in school and enhance their knowledge?, he said.
Mr. Enoch Cudjoe, the Shama District Chief Executive complained about the lackadaisical attitude of the community towards education and entreated parents in the community to take the education of their children seriously.
He said the assembly, will support with a three-unit classroom block within two years when the school is in full operation.
He expressed gratitude to SABRE Charitable Trust for their initiative as well as Tullow Ghana for funding the project and urged companies within the catchment area to support the community in terms of education.