The Rotary Club of Sunyani East has constructed a six-unit ultra-modern classroom block for the people Nkrankrom.
The $97,000 edifice will also serve neighbouring communities like Kwadaa, Plot-so and Sulage in the Tain district of the Bono Region.
The project was funded by the Rotary Foundation Global Grant through Rotary club, Sunyani East and its International partners from Carolina, USA, including past Rotary International Vice President, Anne Matthews.
The commissioned facility comes with a computer laboratory, three laptops, Internet connectivity via a Router, Library, Staff Common Room, Classroom and Teachers furniture, 400 watts solar powered Electricity and a 10 unit Micro flush Toilets.
The old classroom
In addition, the school also received 2,000 exercise books, 500 reading books and three footballs from Rotary and their International partners.
Speaking ahead of the commissioning of the project, President of Rotary Club, Sunyani East, Eric Adu Gyamfi emphasised the importance of education in poverty reduction and the general empowerment of the individual.
“I believe education is the easiest and foremost way to take away all forms of inequalities from every aspect of our lives.
“Education empowers the individual to be independent not only in physical gains but also in thought or mind. It reduces poverty and creates generational wealth for every family,” he added.
He noted that their desire is to ensure a brighter future for the children of Nkrankrom.
Toilet and urinal
In anticipation of a 200% rise in enrollment by the end of the academic year due to the conducive teaching and learning environment provided by Rotary, Eric Adu Gyamfi appealed to the government of Ghana through the Tain District to extend the school feeding programme to the school, post qualified teachers to the school, provide a decent accommodation facility for them and other logistics.
This, he believes “will increase enrolment, keep the pupils at school and serve as a great push factor for teachers to accept postings to Nkrankrom, a rural community”.
Adu Gyamfi also charged all parents and guardians in Nkrankrom and neighbouring communities, to take advantage of the new facility and enrol their wards in school.
He further told the excited pupils and communities, “Your dreams of seeing a better future has been bolstered and our Joy, emanates from the opportunities the children and people of Nkrankrom will derive from this live changing intervention from Rotary”.
The team presented laptops, books and other materials to the school
Bono Regional Director of Education, Dr. Peter Attafuah said provisions have been made to absorb the school with his outfit ready to post new teachers to the school. He, however, called on the pupils, teachers and the beneficiary communities to ensure proper maintenance of the building.
James Amartey, a secondary school graduate voluntarily started the school under a tree at Nkrankrom, in 2014.
His aim was to ensure children from Nkrankrom and neighbouring communities, without schools, have at least basic formal education for a brighter future.
He said with a staff strength of two, they have been trying to impact knowledge to over 50 children under trees, with the hope that government will absorb the school in future.
“We spend our own resources on teaching and learning materials. We were under the messy of the weather and anytime it threatens to rain, we are compelled to close the school. My colleague handles the Nursery, kindergartens 1 and 2, while I teach Primary 1 to 3 combined”.
Amartey expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Sunyani East Rotary Club and their International partners for the edifice.
He said, “Rotary has exceeded our expectations and a dream come true for me, adding, the communities are grateful even as we invoke the blessings of God on all Rotary members for what they have spent on us”.
Queen Mother of Nkrankrom, Nana Atta Yaa appealed to the men to support their wives in ensuring that their kids are well prepared for school to befit the beauty of the school. She said without the kind gesture by Rotary, Nkrankrom would still be without a proper school after over 140 years of the communities’ existence.
Tain District Chief Executive, Charity Foriwaah Dwomoh who received the items, assured the communities that Nkrankrom Basic School will soon be added to the school feeding programme.
She added that “plans are far underway to provide a temporal accommodation for the new teachers to be posted to the school”.
She also assured James Amartey of the Assembly’s readiness to support him further his education to ensure he returns as a trained and qualified teacher to continue teaching in the school he started.
Aguafields Construction Ltd, apart from producing quality and timely delivery, also build a Male and Female Urinary free of charge. According to Managing Director of the construction firm, Kwame Adjina, the gesture is to complement that of Rotary Club.
The school was named after the Past Rotary International Vice President, Anne Matthews, (“PRIVP Anne Matthews Nkrankrom D/A Basic School) for her massive donation towards the realisation of the project.