Regional News of Saturday, 5 October 2013
The Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central has inaugurated a six-unit classroom block worth $120,000.00 for the people of Asempaneye, a village in the Akwapim North District of the Eastern Region.
The deplorable structure of the Asempaneye Primary School was demolished in 2005 for the construction of new one by the Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central in partnership with MTN Foundation, Rotary Club of Nyonkobing F. Vestenborg in Denmark, Rotary Club of Apeldourn Sprengun in Holland and Rotary club of OSJ in Malaysia.
The block consists of an office to accommodate 12 members of staff, a head teacher’s office and washrooms. The Club also constructed a bore hole for the school.
At a ceremony at Asempaneye to hand-over the school, the President of the Rotary Club of Accra Ring Road Central, Mr Bernard Appiah-Gyebi said the Club was moved by the dilapidated and life threatening school structure, which was the only primary school in the village.
“The Club then decided to embark on a project to put up a decent structure to accommodate the pupils as well as encouraging many more of the village children to attend school. This endeavour has been successful,” he said.
The president challenged the pupils and teachers to strive to perform well academically to be competitive to other schools in the district since they now have the best of facilities.
Mr Appiah-Gyebi advised teachers, pupils and members of the community to take good care of the new school and ensure that future children also benefitted from the benevolence.
He expressed his gratitude to the teachers, chiefs and the members of the community for their collaboration during the eight-year working period.
The head teacher of the school, Mr Emmanuel Appiah Korang, applauded the Rotary Club for the gesture and advised members of the community to take advantage of the project and give priority attention to the education of their children.
Mr Appiah Korang said some of the pupils come to school bare footed and in tattered uniforms, adding that “these challenge confronting the school have serious implications on the academic performance of the pupil. I will therefore urge parents to spend less on funerals in order to fund wards education”.
The head teacher also appealed to the government to extend the school feeding programme to Asempaneye Primary School.