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Regional News of Monday, 29 July 2019


Ho West MP partners Pencils of Promise to outwit furniture deficit in Gbetekpo Basic School furniture

The partnership saw the presentation of 30 dual desks and several others The partnership saw the presentation of 30 dual desks and several others

The Member of Parliament for Ho West, Emmanuel Bedzrah has partnered with a philanthropic organization, Pencils of Promise to resolve the furniture deficit at the Abutia Gbetekpo Basic School.

The partnership saw the presentation of 30 dual desks, 10 kindergarten tables, 40 kindergarten chairs and 4 sets of teachers’ table and chair to the community school.

This brings to an end the tradition of pupils going through the hustle of sending furniture to and fro school daily, sitting in threes in dual desk, while others sit on the floor during lessons.

The Country Director of Pencils of Promise, Freeman Gobbah, indicated he was touched by the plight of the school learning of their situation of infrastructure and furniture deficit in the media.

“We quickly mobilized the necessary resources to get these furniture for the school when Hon Bedzrah called on us”, he added.

Mr Gobbah assured that Pencils of Promise would continue to provide the needed logistics and resources needed towards improving the standard of education in the Volta, Oti and Eastern Regions where it operates.

The Headmaster of the Gbetekpo Basic School, Ernest Adzowu, lauded the gesture, indicating one of the biggest challenges of the school has been resolved and appreciated efforts of all stakeholders.

He promised the furniture would be put to good use to achieve the desired results.

The Research Assistant at the office of the Ho West MP, Edwin Koge commended Pencils of Promise for their “quick response” to a call to assist provide the Abutia Gbetekpo Basic School furniture to facilitate teaching and learning.

He, however, added the office of the Ho West MP is making efforts to provide the Junior High School (JHS) department which is currently housed under a makeshift structure, a befitting infrastructure.

Mr Koge indicated that “the School used to be a primary, so the six-unit classroom block that was built under the Mahama-led-government was enough to cater for the situation at the time. But with time they decided to add a Junior High School to it, that actually created the classroom deficit”.

“Once we were able to provide a 6 unit classroom block in times past, same way we will provide a classroom block to cater for the JHS as well. Plans are already underway to get a classroom block”, he added.