New classrooms built for children in Eastern Ghana

Plan International Ghana has provided a fully furnished 6-unit classroom block for a school in the Eastern Region to support children’s education.

Plan International staff members and stakeholders cut a ribbon to open the new school building
Plan International staff members and stakeholders cut a ribbon to open the new school building.

A new 6-room block has been built for a school in Eastern Region by Plan International Ghana. The newly constructed school building features a library, an IT room with computers and a projector, as well as an office for the head teacher and a staff common room.

Mr Barima Asiedu-Larbi, the Municipal Chief Executive, expressed thanks to Plan International Ghana. He said, “The Plan International Ghana effort has been phenomenal in the lives of many rural parents and school children.”

He urged the school officials and the community to take care of the facilities, stating, “You should not hesitate to report any defect to the municipal education office for necessary action to be taken to remedy the situation.”

New facilities boost children’s learning

Mr. Solomon Tesfamariam, Plan International Ghana Country Director, added, “Today, as I was driving in, I saw a newly constructed school, and I am extremely happy.

“I am happy we can educate Ghanaian children in such a beautiful, clean, well-constructed facility and I really hope and pray many Ghanaian children, not only those who are currently going to school, but in the future many children will be educated and have access to a wonderful facility.”

He explained that funding from Denmark, Canada, and other countries was used to build the school facilities, and that the library would allow students to access books and reading materials to educate themselves beyond what they were taught in class.

He was particularly impressed with the head teacher’s office and staff common area, which would allow, “Teachers to reunite, reflect, discuss and come up with new ways to improve the school system.”

I am happy we can educate Ghanaian children in such a beautiful, clean, well-constructed facility.

Mr. Solomon Tesfamariam, Plan International Ghana Country Director

Mr. Tesfamariam praised the district education office’s leadership, traditional leaders, teachers, parents, and volunteers for their outstanding partnership that resulted in the successful opening of the school block.

Mr. Nicholas Kwaku Darko, Deputy Director of Ghana Education Service in Charge of Supervision and Monitoring, praised the initiative. He also said the school building was designed to improve teaching and learning, and that in order to justify the investment, parents should prioritise their children’s education and enrol them in the school.

Mr Darko also noted that there had been multiple incidences of thieves breaking into school buildings and stealing computers, adding, “We are pleading with the people of Kwamoso to be vigilant as watchdogs for this project. Let’s be vigilant in protecting these computers from theft so that our children’s education does not suffer.”

Classrooms ease burden on school

Mr. Koranteng, the head teacher, stated there were few classrooms in comparison to the population, putting huge strain on both classrooms and teachers. “During that period, we had more enrolment than classrooms. We had 50 to 55 students in a class when we were only supposed to have a maximum of 35,” he explained. “So this project has come to ease pressure on classrooms and teachers.”

Mr. Koranteng was especially pleased with the new IT room, which has 25 computers and a projector for school children to use. “We have never had a single computer in this school. We use teachers’ personal computers to teach ICT, so we believe that with this intervention, ICT teaching and learning can be done and done effectively going forward,” he said.