Adanu, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) with focus on education has commissioned a six-unit classroom block for Adaklu-Hehekpoe Salvation Army Basic School in the Adaklu District of the Volta Region.
The project, estimated at $39,000 brings to an end, the holding of classes under trees and pavilions with its negative effects on quality teaching and learning.
The NGO in 2017, constructed a kindergarten block for the school with a fully stocked library with support from its partners.
It also supported the school to establish a mushroom farm and a school garden for a school feeding project.
Mr Richard Yinka, Chief Executive Officer, Adanu, said the interventions were to make the school environment appealing and improve education in the farming community.
He hoped the facilities would offer a sustainable solution for education in the area and give equal opportunities to all irrespective of one’s economic status.
Mr Maxwell Quophy Blagodzi, Deputy Volta Regional Minister commended Adanu for the foresight and described it as a “classic example of community mobilisation for development.”
He asked the community to own the facilities and ensure that children in the area remained in school, saying, “the role of the community should not end after the commissioning…let’s maintain the facilities and make good use of them.”
Mr Kwame Agbodza, Member of Parliament for Adaklu, said years back, educational infrastructure in the area was a hope and a dream but now, a reality and expressed gratitude to Adanu for its projects across the District.
He said Adaklu remained one of the best performing districts in education in the country and stated his continued support to the sector and urged parents to invest in the education of their children.
Togbe Gbogbi Atsa V, Paramount Chief of Adaklu in a speech read on his behalf commended Adanu, the MP and the Assembly for efforts at transforming education in the District and urged parents to encourage their children to reduce the time they spent with the television and learn.
He appealed to government to address water challenges and bad road networks in the District, which he said were affecting education and other sectors of the local economy.
Mr Francis Dunyo, Headmaster of the School said the infrastructure would bridge the urban-rural educational gap and praised Adanu, the MP and the Assembly for the support.
He said the facilities, including the mushroom farm and the school garden were attracting pupils to the school with enrolment going up from less than 100 to 254 from 2015 to 2019.