School pupils of Saaman Berase in the KEEA Municipality have received help from the Republic Bank.
The Bank has put up a 6-unit classroom block to ensure that the children do not miss classes.
The school with a population of close to 500 had to close whenever it rained and had to combine two classes from Primary 1 -6 as well.
The situation, according to the teachers, made academic work very difficult but luck has smiled on them as they have been blessed by Republic Bank.
Headteacher of the school, John Kwaku Koomson recounts how they had to combine classes 1 and 2, in one classroom; 3 and 4 in another classroom and 5 and 6 in one classroom because all they had was a dilapidated structure.
“It was pretty difficult for us. When it was about to rain, we had to close the school because we wouldn’t know what will happen. Our classroom would be flooded. And that’s beside the combination of classes,” he explained.
The headteacher explained that teachers who were posted to the community to teach left because of the conditions.
“Teaching in a structure That’s like sheep pen was one of the difficult things to do but today, we are happy. We know our academic work will not suffer,” John Kwaku Koomson remarked.
Board Chair of Republic Bank, Charles William Zwennes, says the bank as part of its corporate social responsibility was moved to invest in the future of the children in the community.
“One of our missions is to touch lives and help improve the future of people and after scouting around, the story of this school touched us and needed to help them. What you see now is the outcome of our intervention.
According to the Board Chair, the community has not seen the last of them because the bank might consider adding more structures to serve us the Junior High school block.
The Head of the supervision unit at the KEEA Municipal Education Office, Wilfred Adodoagye is demanding of the teachers and the pupils to put the facility to good use. He says, the only thanksgiving the community owe to their benefactor is to reward them with hard work and good maintenance culture.
“With what we see here, we cannot give excuses but to improve on our work and help raise quality human resources in this community. We owe the bank this,” he charged. The Saaman Berase community made merry over the gesture that has been done by the Republic Bank.