Pupils of Polee Primary school in the Wa West District in Ghana are appealing to government among other benevolent institutions to come to their aid to accomplish their dream.
The pupil’s lie down on the floor to study due to lack of desks and chairs which makes education difficult for them.
Despite their inability to have textbooks, uniforms, enough classroom space, electricity and potable water in the school, they have dreams of becoming the best professionals in Engineering, Finance, Banking, Medicine, Education, Social Administration, Business among others.
Y-PES GHANA, an organisation focused on creating opportunities for Children, Youth Empowerment and Community Development visited their school Premises last week.
Interviewing some of the pupils, they said, “We are never give up on going to school, because we know education is a Fundamental Basic human Right which is enshrined in the 1992 Republican Constitution of Ghana. Therefore, we must enjoy it.”
According to them, they are not just interested in schooling because, it is compulsory but wants to access primary education to become self-confident, resourceful and responsible in society.
Speaking to a student, Atta Kwasi (not his real name) noted that, he is eager to learn but there are no chairs to sit on, text books and others to enhance teaching and learning.
“My school uniform is torn, my parents are to buy one for me but when I came to school my friends laugh at me,” he said.
Adding that, “When we come to school our clothing become dirty because of the sand in the classroom.”
According to some of the females, the unhygienic situation there is terrible, pointing out that, the toilet is not good, I don’t feel like coming to school when I am doing my monthly things.”
Polee is a farming community in the Wa West District. The community mobilised resources on their own, started the school with two classrooms in 2007. Government later built a six unit classroom block for the school. The JHS is being housed in some rooms built for Arabic learning (‘Madrasat’) for the past four years.
The nursery and KG lessons are held under a tree in front of the Primary Block.
According to the authorities of the school, what motivate them is that, all the candidates that sat for the 2018 BECE examination progressed to acquire Secondary Education.
As a way to compliment government efforts, Sustainable Development Goal 4: Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all by 2030.
The Y-PES Ghana has been able to raise five desks through the support of others.
Appeal for Fund
Speaking to Change Agent Media, the Y-PES GHANA, Programme Manager, Mr. Sumaila Shaibu Poleenaa noted that, their actions was part of their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal four (SDG 4) ensures that all girls and boys complete free primary and secondary schooling by 2030.
According to him achieving inclusive and quality education for all reaffirms the belief that education is one of the most powerful and proven vehicles for sustainable development but the government of Ghana must show immense commitment to achieve that.
“We are making a passionate appeal to you reading this message to support us either in kind or cash to get 30 dual desks or 60 single desks. Our pupil population is 60 so can contact Sister Zakaria Umu Fadil on 0558002554 or Adam Abdulai on 0241832479 to support or send mobile money to these numbers. We are counting on you as well to support,” he appealed.
Editor: Mr. Louis Owusu