An environmental consultant and lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Dr.
The Ghana Commercial Bank Limited (GCB) has made available GH¢19,416.00 for the construction of a classroom block for pre-school pupils at the Fawoman D/A Primary School in the Ahafo-Ano South District.
The amount will cover the construction of a-two classroom block, office and resting/sleeping rooms for the children.
This is in response to an appeal made by the school authorities and the people of Fawoman as published in the May 1, 2012 edition of the Daily Graphic.
The Headmaster of the Fawoman D/A Primary School in the publication, had at the time, ” revealed the deplorable state of the structure in which the children studied.
More than 110 pupils aged between three and seven years study in a dilapidated wooden structure. The structure was constructed in 1987 by the Fawoman community to serve as a workshop for technical subjects introduced under the junior secondary school curriculum but was allocated to the pre-school department after the malfunctioning of the workshop.
Before then the pre-school children studied under a shed made of palm branches.
To ensure the effective utilisation of the GH¢ 19,416.00 for the project, the Bank’s Properties and Facilities Department in Kumasi will oversee the construction of the facility. The officials have visited the site for the project and interacted with the school’s authorities.
The Headmaster of the school, Mr Kwabena Nkrumah, the Odikro, assembly member and the unit committee of the Fawoman Community showed appreciation to the bank for coming to the aid of the school.
“The whole Fawoman community is happy about this gesture from the bank. It is beyond our understanding. This is a demonstration that GCB indeed caters for the needs of the poor,” he said.
He said communal exercises would be organised by the community as its contribution towards the project.
The Managing Director of the GCB, Mr Simon Dornoo, was hopeful that the bank's gesture would help to enhance the school’s environment for teaching and learning.
“We see education of children as a priority hence our decision to approve the total budget submitted to the bank by the school to enable the community to construct the block for the benefit of the children of Fawoman,” he said.
Mr Dornoo said: “We would always like to make a positive contribution towards improving conditions in the society and one way we have chosen to demonstrate this commitment is by constructing this school block for the benefit of the children of Fawoman.”