… and commissions 6-unit classroom block at Juaso Nkyesa
Date published: May 21, 2012
Meanwhile, the MTN Ghana Foundation has again commissioned a 6-unit classroom block, store, office and a library to serve the people of Nkyesa and surrounding communities in the Asante Akim South district of the Ashanti Region.
The school block, the third to be commissioned by the Foundation within the past four months, was constructed at a cost of GH¢162,318.25.
An additional GH¢10, 000 is being invested into the provision of furniture for both the classrooms and the library.
With education as the bedrock of development of any society, the project is expected to enhance school enrolment from the current number of 130, to double the number in a year’s time.
Commissioning the facility last Friday, Mr. Michael Ikpoki, Chief Executive Officer of MTN, said the project was a very important part of the anniversary programme, because of the importance MTN attaches to education, which he saw as one of the basic necessities in life that opens doors of opportunities to every individual who takes it seriously.
Mr. Ikpoki indicated that the MTN Ghana Foundation had made a firm commitment to contribute to developing the less-privileged communities in the country, and was confident that the infrastructure would achieve its intended purpose.
“Many good things come from the classroom, and as you know, modern day classrooms are not just for teaching and learning,” he said, adding that “classrooms can be described as the hub of both academic and social learning, and a center for life enriching experiences.”
He hoped no child would miss the opportunity to derive benefits from the classroom block, intended to provide a good base for children to begin to create their own future through continuous learning.
According to the MTN Boss, MTN Ghana Foundation had invested in 32 educational projects at the cost of GH¢4.7 million, resulting in the construction of 13 schools and 15 ICT centers in the country.
He said in the Ashanti Region alone, MTN Ghana Foundation had invested a total of GH¢698,886.88 in a variety of education and health projects in the region.
MTN Ghana’s contribution to the development of the country has been acknowledged widely, having been recognised on a number of occasions as the Best Corporate Social Responsibility Company.
Mr. Ikpoki expressed his gratitude to the chiefs and the people of the community for the support they provided in making the project a success.
Nana Nkyesa Frimpong commended MTN for the kind gesture, and appealed for other social interventions for the people in the area.
Mr. Frank Yaw Musah, District Director of Education, also expressed his gratitude to MTN for partnering the Assembly to provide development.
He noted that the facility would serve as a relief to the people and students of the area, as a good teaching and learning environment to help effective teaching and learning and challenged the teachers to be more committed to their duties as teachers.
The Education Director urged the communities to ensure maintenance of the facility to prolong its lifespan.
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