School Children at the Keklebeshie basic school in the Volta Re region can now learn in a well furnished classroom for effective teaching and learning after the MP for Agotime-Ziope Constituency handed over three unit classroom block with offices and toilet facilities.
The project initiated and jointly funded by the Member of Parliament (MP) through his MPs share of District Assembly Common Fund (DACF) and Pencil of Promises, a Non Governmental Organization(NGO) based in Volta Region.
Speaking at a short but impressive ceremony to commission the project on Wednesday April 10, at Ziope, Charles Agbeve, MP for the area noted that even though the facility was too small to celebrate for a school that still needs additional classrooms, the current new structure would go a long way to augment the academic laurels of the school in coming years.
According to him, his outfit would continue to knock at the doors of Pencil of Promise (POP) and government in order to get the needed classroom accommodations for the school.
Mr. Agbeve described educational activities and academic performance of pupils and students in the Constituency as good but needed a strong support, stressing that there was the need for a stakeholder engagement of all educational parties in the Constituency to brainstorm about the issue to urgently bring about a turn-around of the situation.
He commended management of POP for accepting his request for support to put up the classroom block, stating that, “such a commitment and the zeal to serve the people of the area is positively impacting the lives of the citizenry.”
The MP also assured the Keklebeshie community of his determination support to help completely eradicate the “school under trees” syndrome in the area.
Mr Agbeve however expressed grave concern about the poor culture of maintenance in the country and charged the District Education Directorate and the school authorities as well as the Kekelebeshie community to regularly maintain the facility so as to prolong its lifespan.
Project Coordinator of POP, Anthony Quashigah, assured of the NGO commitment to support locals and stakeholders to improve standard of education in the Region.
Madam Happy Tsifokor, District Director of Education , expressed grateful to the MP and POP for their collaborative efforts, which eventually resulted in the provision of the facility.
She mentioned lack of furniture for staff and pupils, inadequate number of teachers, lack of textbooks as well as transportation to circuit supervisors as some of the major challenges that continue to bedevil effective teaching and learning in the District.
The Assembly Member for Kekelebeshie, Sena Nutekpor described the provision of the school block to the school as a dream come true.
Like Oliver Twist, he used the occasion to appeal for more in order to ensure effective teaching and learning in the school.
Residents could not hide their joy for the project as they shower praises on the MP for his instrumentality in seeing the project was done.
According the residents, the facility would go a long way to address some of the major classroom accommodation facilities facing the school for several decades.
The school, which has an enrolment of almost 400 pupils, has been battling with serious infrastructural challenges for several years.
The MP provided 20 percent of the project work which includes sand and chips, the NGO took the 80 percent for supply of cement for blocks, building, roofing and painting,while the residents provided man labour.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba