The government, through the Coastal Development Authority (CODA), has commissioned educational projects in selected constituencies in the central region, as part of efforts to make education more dignified and comfortable for school children in the country.
This is part of the government’s $1 million per constituency projects focused on infrastructure development in the country.
The projects commissioned include a 2-unit kindergarten block with ancillary facilities at Edukrom in Agona West constituency; Class block of 6 units with ancillary facilities at Osedzi in Ajumako Enyan Essiam constituency; Class block of 3 units with ancillary facilities at Breku in Assin North constituency; Class block of 3 units with ancillary facilities at Otabil Nkwanta in Assin North constituency.
Speaking at the commissioning ceremony, during a three-day working visit to the region, CODA Managing Director Jerry Ahmed Shaib said the new facilities are being funded under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication (IPEP) of the Special Development Initiatives (SDI), aimed at supporting government priority initiatives for sustainable socio-economic development.
Education is the key
Mr. Ahmed Shaib explained that education is the only way the world can foster a sense of cohesion and solidarity among displaced people, especially those of school age, and help create a conducive environment, which will inspire them to pursue more purposeful activities and dignified lives.
He urged parents to focus on raising their children and not neglect early childhood development.
“I beg you to take another look at early childhood development. Raising children would enable them to fulfill their dreams of becoming eminent personalities like doctors, lawyers, judges, parliamentarians, ministers and even presidents in the not so distant future. And they will be able to make a meaningful contribution to the growth of families, communities and the country as a whole,” he said.
He reaffirmed President Akufo-Addo’s commitment to expanding access to education for all school children in the country.
Mr. Ahmed Shaib said that most of the developed countries, such as Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea, have come so far in terms of development, thanks to their determined efforts to invest in the education sector.
He, however, revealed that there are several education projects underway in other parts of the country, adding that they will soon be commissioned to ensure equitable access to education across the country.
The Authority has also inspected some drilling projects in parts of the region.
The CEO urged residents to take responsibility for the upkeep of facilities in their communities to reap maximum benefits and extend their lifespan.
“As members of the community, you must protect the project that provides a service to citizens. You have to take care of the project. You must jealously guard such a facility which has been provided at great expense to serve the entire community,” he advised.
Agona West MP Cynthia Mamle Morrison for her part thanked CODA for the projects.
She also thanked the chiefs of the region for their support and commitment to development. She further called on teachers and school authorities to manage the facilities well to encourage CODA and the government to do more.