The handing-over ceremony is part of the activities of the Project for Improvement of Access to Basic Education in Deprived Areas which started in 2010 at the request of the Government of Ghana (GoG) to the Government of Japan (GoJ) to construct schools for the most deprived areas in Ghana.
Among other objectives, the Project seeks to eradicate poor and dilapidated school structures that often characterize basic education in deprived areas across the country. The hand-over ceremony was attended by visibly-elated chiefs, elders, women and school children in the community. School teachers, Ghana Education Service officials, Municipal Director of Education and JICA officials also graced the occasion.
The Project, in its broader scope and with a 605 million Japanese Yen grant (approx. US$6 million), aims at improving educational (learning) environment and access to basic education by constructing classrooms, teachers’ accommodation, toilet facilities and providing educational furniture in 33 Primary and Junior High Schools in the Central and Northern regions (16 schools in the Central region and 17 schools in the Northern region). Since the project’s inception, a number of schools have been completed and handed over.
The community members including chiefs, elders, women and school children expressed gratitude for the successful completion of the classroom blocks and toilet facility for the community. Key personalities expressed satisfaction about the completion of the project and indicated that the project will go a long way to improve the level of the children education. They include Deputy Director General (DDG) of Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr. Phil Alex Amua- Baidoo, the JICA Education Advisor, Ms. Mama Laryea and the representative of the District Assembly, Mr. Charles Lartey.
Mr. Charles Yaw Aheto-Tsegah, the Assin North Municipal Director of Education acknowledged the key role the community had played in allocating land for the classroom block and KVIP toilet construction.
He thanked JICA and the Japanese Government for its unwavering commitment at helping accelerate access to basic education in Ghana and for constructing the classroom and the toilet facility to create a conducive learning environment for children in the community. He urged the community to ensure the new structures were adequately maintained.