From Richard Owusu-Akyaw
The Kwame University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in collaboration with Nector of Hope for Children Foundation (NHCF), a non-governmental organisation, has donated two solar lights with panels to Feyiase in the Bekwai Municipality of the Ashanti Region.
The gesture is to facilitate academic activities in the area.
The community, an adopted community of the NHCF, which is about three kilometres away from the municipal capital, Bekwai, is bereft of electricity, which is affecting the education of pupils in the enclave.
As part of their social responsibilities, the duo has also donated 450 exercise books to Feyiase SDA Primary School, assuring them of additional support in learning materials.
The collaboration of the two organisation hinges on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) with provision of the solar panel to help achieve goal seven, which is Clean and Affordable Energy. They also seek to achieve goal four of the SDG, which is quality education, because students will get access to study in the evening, which called for the provision of educational materials to achieve that same goal four.
Also featuring on their SDGs radar was where two spreading trees were planted at the school premises, in accordance with achieving goal 13 of the SDGs.
The NHCF is further collaborating with KNUST to build a palm oil extraction factory to provide employment for people in the community and the surrounding environment.
At a colourful ceremony at the Adventist School, where NHCF members were donned in their white customised T-shirts, the Dean of Students Affairs, KNUST, Prof. William Gariba , who addressed the function on behalf of the Vice Chancellor of KNUST, Prof Kwasi Obiri Danso, revealed that the gesture follows an appeal to the university and NHCF to address their priority of teaching and learning materials and light for the children, since some of the pupils cannot even learn at night.
This appeal, according to Prof. Gariba, was forwarded to Prof Obiri Danso, who responded by providing two solar lamps for the Bekwai Feyiase community to improve education.
The KNUST Dean of Students Affairs noted that the government is well aware of the inadequacy of social amenities, only that resources are scarce, and urged private organisations to support the government so that the deprived communities are able to have access to social amenities.
The Patroness of NHCF, Dr. Esmeranda Manful, disclosed that their presence in the community was to enable pupils to understudy students of KNUST, who are members of the NHCF, and in so doing, they will achieve higher academic laurels which would help them to eke out a decent living and become responsible citizens.
Mr. Ahmed Sadique, who spoke on behalf of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), expressed appreciation to KNUST and NHCF for coming to the aid of the Feyiase community, which, according to him, is his primary responsibility to the communities.
He appealed to the academic institution to extend their partnership to the entire Bekwai area.
Nana Osei Tutu, Kyidomehene of Bekwai Feyiase, thanked KNUST and NHCF for what he described as a yeoman’s job, hoping the aid will go a long way to facilitate education in Feyiase.
An elated Madam Ellen Adutwumwaa, Headmistress of Feyiase SDA Primary School, lauded the NHCF and KNUST partnership.