Plan Ghana, USAID open new ICT centre at New Juaben

ictTrom/Nyerede Primary and Junior High School, a rural community school in the New Juaben Municipality, has benefited from a GH¢123,000 completed projects including a fully furnished Information Communication Technology (ICT) Centre.

The other projects were a rehabilitated school block and an improved sanitation facility.

Plan Ghana initiated the project in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that provided the funds in addition to excellence awards for good performance and teachers’ motivation.

The projects were instituted to increase enrolment and school retention rate particularly among girls in the area.

The ICT Centre has been fully furnished with chairs and tables as well as 22 laptops with other accessories.

Known as the TAP Junior High School (JHS) Project, its focus was to improve the quality of basic education with emphasis on retention and completion of basic education through the provision of modern facilities such as classrooms, libraries, ICT centres and places of convenience.

At a ceremony in Koforidua to formally hand-over the facilities to the Municipality and the Ghana Education Service (GES), Mr Raphael Bokuma, the Chief of Party of the TAP Projects, who spoke on behalf of the Country Director of Plan Ghana, Mr Prem Shukla, urged the stakeholders to ensure that the purpose of improving enrolment was achieved.

Mr Bokuma said the TAP project would benefit 13 districts within five regions and called for concerted efforts of all stakeholders in education to play their roles to complement the effort of Plan Ghana and the USAID partnership.

He said apart from the provision of improved facilities to the beneficiary community schools, the project also focused on measures to raise teacher-quality and GES oversight responsibility over the schools to ensure that school performance, based on the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) results, was improved.

Mr Bokuma expressed the hope that with the intervention of the project, girl’s retention in schools and completion, especially in the rural communities would appreciate to an acceptable level.

Nana Osei Wusu, Akwadumhene, who represented the New Juaben Traditional Council, thanked Plan Ghana and the USAID for their partnership to provide the projects to the community.

The Chief of Trom, Nene Teye Anokye, also thanked Plan Ghana and the USAID for the gesture and indicated that the provision of the facilities were timely and would help teaching and learning.

He, however, appealed to Plan Ghana to provide the school with security lights and source of portable water.

He said the traditional Council had resolved to support the initiative to improve education, particularly for the girl-child.

Teachers from Akuapem North, Upper Manya, Yilo Krobo, Asuogyaman and the New Juaben districts were honoured under the Teacher’s Excellence Awards attached to the TAP project for their distinguished performance in the various beneficiary schools.

Source: GNA

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