World Vision donates 600 dual desks to 7 basic schools
Stories by William N-lanjerborr Jalulah
As part of its numerous interventions to improve the quality of basic education in the Bawku West District of the Upper East Region, World Vision Ghana, a Christian relief non-governmental organisation, with support from its partners, on Thursday presented 600 dual desks to seven selected primary schools.
The cost of the desks was estimated at GH¢42,600.
Since its entry into the Bawku West District four years ago, World Vision Ghana has embarked on a number of community-based interventions, with the focus on the needs of children, their communities, and families.
Some of the interventions include the rehabilitation of school structures, provision of classroom, logistics and infrastructure, improving the pupil-teacher ratio, and facilitating the movement of teachers to and from school.
The capacities of teachers, members of Parent-Teacher Associations, SMC executives in community schools have also been built on school management to improve the quality of education delivery in schools.
Until these interventions by World Vision, most school children had to lie on their tummies to write. This obviously, did not promote quality teaching and learning in the schools.
In order to salvage the situation, the Bawku Area Development Programme of World Vision Ghana, within the last two years, has procured and districted 803 dual desks to nine basic schools.
According to the Bawku West ADP Manager of World Vision Ghana, Mr. Bernard Kpare, a survey conducted in nine basic schools in its catchment area in August 2012, put the pupil-dual desks at 1: 3. This, he said, obviously was not the best, since the national standard was 1:2; that is, two pupils to one dual desk.
The organisation also procured 24 hand-washing containers and distributed them to nine basic schools in the district to promote good hygiene behaviour among pupils and their teachers.
Three electric medical examination beds were also presented to the Bawku West District Health management team to promote good health care delivery.
He appealed to the management of the beneficiary schools and the pupils to handle the desks and containers with care, and use them for the purpose for which they were donated, to ensure their long lifespan.
He stated that the interventions in education in particular, would yield no results if the end users fail to take proper care of the items.
The other project areas the ADP is supporting include health, water & sanitation and child sponsorship.
Mr. Kpare disclosed that work was steadily ongoing on the mechanisation of a borehole to serve the Kpantarigu and Tampesi communities.
World Vision’s Operation Base Team Leader, Bolgatanga base, Madam Benedicta Pealore, stated that the main objective of the organization’s support for the schools was to see improved Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results. She asked parents, teachers and the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure that efforts by her outfit were fully utilised.
The District Chief Executive, Anaba Moro, and the Deputy District Director in charge of supervision in the area, Mr. Abugri Gilbert, acknowledged that but for the interventions of World Vision, the challenges in the educational sector in the district could not have been tackled by the government and Ghana Education Service alone.
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