From Francis Owusu-Ansah .
A 10-unit classroom block, with offices and Staff Common Room, has been commissioned for the Attakrom community near Chiraa in the Brong-Ahafo Region.
The construction of the classroom block was through the instrumentality of the Chiraahemaa, Nana Yeboaa Pene II.
The Chiraahemaa constantly lobbied the Sunyani West District Assembly to enable children in the community have a serene learning atmosphere.
Accordingly, the school, which was formerly known as the Attakrom D/A Primary School, has been renamed the ‘Nana Yeboaa Pene Basic School’ in recognition of the Queen’s instrumentality in raising the status of the school to Primary and Junior High (JHS) levels.
Speaking in an interview with The Chronicle, Nana Yeboaa Pene II recalled that she was deeply moved by the plight of the school children of Attakrom, who walked long distances to nearby Kobedi and Chiraa to attend school.
“The school children in the Attakrom community had to walk long distances to attend classes, and I felt bad and needed to do something to address the problem,” she said.
The Chiraahemaa said she met with the community leaders and fashioned out how to tackle the problem.
“In consultation with the Attakrom community leaders, we started the Primary level in a temporary structure, during which I provided stationery and took care of the teachers, and recently supplied the basic school with stationery worth GH¢4,200,” she recalled.
Nana Yeboaa said she also consulted with the then District Chief Executive for Sunyani West, Madam Agnes Kusi, to upgrade the school.
“I also collaborated with the then District Chief Executive for Sunyani West, Hon. Agnes Kusi, the current District Chief Executive, Hon. Martin Obeng, and Ghana Education Service (GES) to bring the school to its current status,” she said.
Nana Chiraahemaa, however, appealed to the government to extend the School Feeding Programme and electricity to the school, to ensure effective teaching and learning to transform the community, the region, and Ghana as a whole.
“I would like to humbly appeal to the government to extend the School Feeding Programme and electricity to the school to enhance teaching and learning,” she said.
In his inaugural address, the Sunyani West District Chief Executive (DCE) urged members of the community to “preserve the school by developing the culture of maintenance to keep the school running all the time.”
“I urge Nananom and elders of Attakrom community to put in place proper maintenance practices to preserve this school block,” the DCE said.
He assured the people in the district that the provision of school infrastructure was an on-going process, and that all other communities would have their turn in due course.
“Let me assure you that all communities in the district would, at the appropriate time, have their share of school infrastructure.”
Obeng pledged to ensure that the Nana Yeboaa Pene Basic School is included in the Ghana School Feeding Programme, and also help to hook the Attakrom community to the national electricity grid.
“The school feeding programme is a social intervention programme designed for all school children, and I will, therefore, ensure that the children in Attakrom also enjoy from the programme,” the DCE said, adding that “soon the people of Attakrom would be hooked to the national electricity grid.”
Among the dignitaries who graced the occasion was Mr. Charles Osei Bonsu, Managing Director of Sir Charles Bookshop and Stationary Stores.