An NGO organises summer classes for Basic Schools in some deprived communities
As part of reinforcing efforts to improve Basic Education in the Country, a Non – Governmental Organisation (NGO), Universal Light Media (UNILIME) Foundation has initiated a project to address the challenges of Basic Schools in some selected deprived communities.
The Project dubbed “Community Edu-Support” is to harness the contribution of UNILIME towards the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG), specifically but not limited to Goal four (4), one (1), three (3) and ten (10).
In an interview with Change Agent Media the Vice President of the Organisation, Mr. Michael P.Y. Asare indicated that, summer school which is popularly known as vacation classes is renowned in urban Ghana owing to the grade or quality of schools and elite parents in such areas. However, the story is different across the country, especially when it comes to the rural areas.
Hinting on what spurred the Organisation to commence the project, he maintained that “Elsewhere, somehow fortunate children get to visit relatives during vacations whereas the majority usually waste away time doing literally nothing. This unequal phenomenon inspires our Edu-project”.
According to him, not alone do these vacation classes create opportunities for pupils to bring their free times into fruition, they also afford them the chances to get acquainted with overture lessons in their subsequent transitioning classes.
Again, Mr. Asare disclosed that, all registered pupils get to benefit from an Introductory Language Academy in French and Japanese facilitated by their Volunteers and Interns.
Highlighting on the duration of the Project, the Vice President noted that, the project is estimated to last for a period of six weeks, beginning on 4th August, 2019, but the vacation classes are scheduled for four weeks within its entire duration.
“The classes will however run from 9am to 12:30pm from Monday to Friday,” he added.
He established that the Boso town which is located in the Asuogyaman Constituency, Eastern Region has undoubtedly benefitted from several intervention projects of UNILIME since it last hosted our 2018 Annual Community Outreach.
Impacts of the Project
Due to the support of its traditional leaders and kind people, Mr. Asare noted that, UNILIME has been able to identify several needs worth supporting, adding that, beside this, the proven support of the community regarding accommodation and security further influenced our decision to support education of its young generation.
“The future of basic school children will be greatly affected through this project and our volunteers will be privileged to leave a lasting footprint with blissful memories of Africa,”
Therefore, he assured that, “we will continue to engage stakeholders to improve the educational and living standards in Ghana and beyond through their support.”
Extending gratitude to key partners and contributors, Mr. Asare who is also the Executive Director of FrontPage Business Consult pointed out that, this project, like many of their projects, was planned and implemented together with their respective partners.
Mentioning some key players, he said “We recognize the role of the Boso Omankrado; the Assembly Member of the area, Mr. Isaac Afunyah; our Field Manager, Mr. Samuel Otu; Mr. N. K. Afunyah, Dr. Okoh and the Boso Police Officers”.
He continued by saying, “We appreciate our corporate partners as well: AIESEC in KNUST for coordinating with the foreign volunteers from Japan and Burkina Faso to intern on this project, and FrontPage Business Consult, Accra for running personal leadership training programmes for our volunteers and visitors”.
The Former Project Director of the Organisation gave assurance of their commitment to promote quality and extend the benefits of this project to the Boso community and the country at large.
Editor: Mr. Kwabena Asare Baffour