25 July, 2012: The Mobole District Authority Basic School will receive a library and ICT centre for winning the Excellent School Award in the Damgbe West District of the Greater Accra region. This was awarded by Mr. Prem Shukla, the Country Director of Plan Ghana during Excellent Schools and Teachers’ Awards ceremony.
The Excellent Schools and Teachers’ Awards is an annual event organised by the Ghana Education Service (GES) as part of Plan Ghana’s Transition and Persistence (TAP) Project with funding from USAID.
The Mobole school emerged the winner for the Excellent School Award based on the active involvement of the community in the management of the school, high dedication of the teachers, improved academic performance and the observance of sanitation and cleanliness by the school’s students.
The same set of criteria was used by the GES and TAP to select the Excellent schools in 12 other Districts in the Central, Eastern and Brong-Ahafo regions this month.
Asked his thoughts on winning the award, Mr. Emmanuel Aboagye, the headmaster of the school said, “Winning the award will help us to focus on our vision to improve upon our academics in the coming years.”
“This award goes to the members of the School Management Community and the highly motivated teachers of the school. Thanks to them, our children will have the opportunity of not only learning about computers, but how to use them like their urban counterparts,” continued Mr. Aboagye.
Rewarding the community
The Chairman the School Management Committee (SMC), Nene Kodjo Tetteh III, who is also the Chief of Mobole was happy that the active participation of the community had been rewarded. He said, “Mobole District Authority Basic School is the only school in this community, so we will continue to support it to improve upon the quality of education, so that our children can compete with their peers in the city.”
Under the leadership of Chief Tetteh, the SMC embarked upon fundraising for capital improvements for the school. Their two major achievements are bringing pipe-borne water to the school and construction of latrines for the school, including that of a six-seater girl-friendly latrine.
More work to be done
The school still has a few challenges. They lack adequate teaching material and teachers in particular subject areas, such as Mathematics and ICT. The delay in government subsidies holds up some of the school’s activities.
In spite of the challenges, the Headmaster is optimistic. “With good leadership, strong teamwork and the active support of the community, we hope to continue to be the best school in the district.”
Plan in action
Plan Ghana’s TAP Project uses a Child Centred Community Development approach to work with community and SMCs to upgrade and rehabilitate their school building (latrines, classrooms, water supply) and to extend electric power to classroom blocks.
The Project works through SMCs to design and implement improvement plans and to hold meetings with parents and community members to evaluate school performance. The total value of the TAP Project is more than $11.2 million with contributions coming from USAID and Plan International.