A native of Assin Dwaaso in the Assin Central Municipality in the Central Region, Mr Godfred Nti Anewu, has singularly given a complete facelift to the Afutukwaa Primary School located at Afutukwaa in the same municipality.
Mr Anewu paid for the re-roofing of portions of the building, which leaked badly, replaced damaged windows and door frames, fixed new doors and windows and mended visible cracks in the building as well as repainting of the old building.
It was gathered that the massive renovation by Mr Anewu represented the first time the school has received a form of major maintenance or renovation since the construction of the school block in 1999.
Rationale behind the renovation
Explaining the rationale behind the massive renovation, Mr Anewu said he felt highly uncomfortable and got touched by the plight of the pupils whenever he saw them attend school in the dilapidated building.
This, he explained, informed his decision to commit himself to renovating the school block in order to create a serene atmosphere, which is conducive for teaching and learning for the pupil are the future leaders.
He said: “Worldwide, it is known that education is the best way to develop every country therefore any hindrance to education must be seen as a collective challenge to us all as a people. This is why I am very much concerned about the education of the younger ones”
He added: “Even the holy Bible supports the fact that we must teach our children the right ways so that they will not depart from it when they grow. This means their education must be of prime concern to everyone because they are our future”.
The Municipal Chief Executive of the Assin Central Municipality, Mr Nicholas Fiifi Baako, noted that the assembly and the government were doing their best to positively impact the standard of education in the area through infrastructural development.
“The voluntary donation of mathematical set, exercise books and the renovation of our classroom blocks by individuals are all meant to improve the quality of education in the municipality particularly the performance of our BECE candidates”. He stated.
He stated that since 2017, the BECE Results obtained by candidates from the Assin Central have witnessed significant improvement and added that in terms of the performance by the various districts in the region, Assin Central was placed fifth.
Headmistress expressed appreciation
The headmistress of the Afutukwaa Primary School, Mrs Agnes Appiah indicated that the dilapidated nature of the school building led to massive truancy among the pupil, demoralised and dampened the morale of the teachers.
“Some of the pupils used to come to school once or twice in the whole week while others could also stay at home for weeks because they were not comfortable being in the school and learning due to the poor nature of the building”. She stated.
However, she added that the situation has changed and more children have started coming to the school following the massive transformation of the building whereas same has also bolstered the morale of the teachers.
She, therefore, expressed her gratitude to Mr Anewu for his philanthropic initiative and urged others to kindly come to support the school so as to compliment government’s efforts at improving the level of basic school education in the area.
Some of the opinion leaders in the community who thronged the school to witness the colourful event, showered praises on Mr Anewu for the honour he has done the community and prayed for him to succeed in all his endeavours.