MTN Ghana Foundation rescues two schools
Stories from Isaac Akwetey-Okunor
The MTN Ghana Foundation in pursuit of its objective to develop a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) programme was further demonstrated when the group donated building materials to the Nana Kwaku Boateng Basic School in Koforidua during the week.
The Foundation’s foremost CSR management structure for the MTN Group’s related initiatives across its 21 operations saw the presentation of the materials, including air conditioners and other equipment, in support of the refurbishment of the school.
The items which cost GH¢10,000 are made up of 300 bags of cement, two unit split air conditioners and six ceiling fans.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, the Corporate Service Executive of the Foundation, which was established in 2007 as a single purpose vehicle to drive all MTN’s CSR initiatives in the country, Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, expressed profound gratitude for the immense contributions of her outfit.
According to her, the presentation became possible after authorities of the school had made a passionate appeal to her office for assistance with the renovation of works in the school.
She continued that the Foundation, which has health, economic empowerment and education as some of its focused areas, approved the request after careful consideration by the Board of the Foundation, having in mind the enormous benefits it would bring to the school.
Mrs. Lumor mentioned that the responsibility of ensuring quality education can no longer be borne solely by the government, hence, it would be prudent for individuals and corporate organisations to play complementary roles.
This step, if considered, she contended, would significantly contribute to human capital development, leading to the total transformation of and growth in all sectors of the economy.
She was of the view that the materials, if put into good use, would help improve the learning environment for not only the 1,661 pupils currently enrolled in the four streams of the school, but also future generations.
Meanwhile, the Foundation, since its establishment in 2007, has so far spent GH¢9,724,415 on various projects across the country to enrich the lives of ordinary people.
In a related development, the Foundation has commissioned a three unit classroom block and reading room for the Asempaneye Basic School in the Akuapem North District of the region.
Words cannot describe the mood of the management and pupils when the tape was cut to officially hand over the school to the authorities.
The once upon a time school, where children battled with domestic animals, the blazing sun and rain to learn, can now boast of a conducive environment for quality teaching and learning.
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