As part of attempts to make education more accessible to school-aged children in Ghana, the government has commissioned educational facilities in various constituencies in the central region. The Coastal Development Authority (CODA) has spearheaded these innovative projects in rural towns across the region.
This is part of the government’s million-dollar projects focusing on infrastructure development for citizens and serving as a springboard for socio-economic development.
The projects that were commissioned during a three-day working tour in the central region started on Wednesday May 18 and ended on Friday May 20. Dozens of traditional authorities, religious leaders and parents witnessed this important national project.
They 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; CHPS Compound in Atwerebonda in Assin North 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 among others.
Speaking at the commissioning, CODA Managing Director Jerry Ahmed Shaib said during the commissioning that the new facilities are being funded through the Special Development Initiatives (SDI) which aims to support the government priority initiatives for sustainable socio-economic development. That, he said, had come to stay.
Role of education
Mr. Ahmed Shaib stressed that education is the only way for the world to promote a sense of cohesion and solidarity among displaced people, especially those of school age, as well as to help create a conducive atmosphere that will encourage them to live more purposefully. and dignified lives. He believes that education will help their children escape poverty and give them a better life.
To this end, he advised parents to focus more on their children’s education and not neglect early childhood development.
“I beg you to take another look at early childhood development. Educating children would enable them to realize 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 contribute in meaningful ways to the growth of families, communities and the country as a whole,” he said.
He underscored President Akufo-Addo’s desire and commitment to ensure that all Ghanaian children in school have access to education.
“The government remains committed to improving education in the country. President Akufo Addo is committed to adding human value for the development of the country, and his government is fully committed to ensuring the promotion of education in Ghana,” he noted.
Most developed countries, such as Malaysia, Singapore and South Korea, have progressed so far in terms of development, according to Mr. Ahmed Shaib, because of their commitment to invest in education. He emphasized that if Ghana is to achieve the best economy that every Ghanaian desires, education must be the top priority.
He, however, disclosed that several educational projects are currently underway in other parts of the country and will soon be commissioned to provide access to high quality education and a safe environment.
Drilling projects in various sections of the region were also inspected by the Authority.
CODA’s CEO also advised community members to take responsibility for the upkeep of public facilities to get the most out of them and extend their lifespan. He observed that community facilities such as boreholes, health and education infrastructure would not last long if community members neglected to maintain them.
“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.
Meanwhile, Agona West MP Cynthia Mamle Morrison praised CODA for approving one of the projects when it went live at Edukrom.
She thanked the chefs for their quick help and commitment to development, and urged instructors and school administrators to run the facility properly to inspire CODA and the government to do more.
President Akufo-Addo is known to be a man of his word, according to the MP for Agona West, and the construction of the 2-unit kindergarten class block is confirmation of this.
She went on to say that the completion and delivery of the facility is timely as it will meet the educational needs of the community.
Agona West MP Cynthia Mamle Morrison cuts tape to commission one of Edukrom’s projects
A 6-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities at Osedzi in Ajumako Enyan Essiam Constituency