The Government of Japan on Thursday gave two separate grants to two community-based institutions in the Ashanti and Upper East regions under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects scheme (GGHSP).
The first grant of 95,860 US dollars, approximately GH¢138,040 was given to the Sarfokrom Unit Committee in the Offinso North District of the Ashanti Region to construct a six-unit classroom block and toilet for the Sarfokrom Primary School.
The project would consist of one six-classroom block, an office a storeroom and a library as well as a four-seater KVIP and urinal and the purchase of 80 classroom desks.
The second grant of 90,997 dollars, approximately GH¢131,009 was given to rehabilitate the classrooms and training facilities of the Community Development Vocational Technical Training Institute (CDVTTI) of Bolgatanga in the Upper East region.
The nine-bedroom dormitory bock and dining hall block would be fully renovated, the toilet and shower block would be rehabilitated, the classroom block would be partially renovated and the outside kitchen, which is currently made of mud, would be reconstructed with concrete.
The Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Keiichi Katami, at a signing ceremony in Accra, expressed the hope that the classroom project would create a better learning environment for the students, and encouraged them to stay in school and complete their studies.
“Through all this, basic education in the area will improve, and the children of Sarfokrom and its surrounding areas will have a stronger educational foundation for their studies,” he said.
The Ambassador urged the Community Development Vocational Technical Training Institute to put the grant in good use and to ensure that the project was completed swiftly for the benefit of the youth.
Mr Isaac Frimpong Marfo, Chairman of Sarfokrom Unit Committee, who signed the grant for his community, said the completion of the facility would witness an increase in school enrolment figures, enhancement of an environment conducive to teaching and learning, improvement in pupils’ performance, improvement in school health and sanitation.
Madam Justina Atiim, Headmistress of the Vocational Training Institute, gave the assurance that funds provided for the renovation of the Institute would be fully and efficiently utilised.