Tain District Chief Executive (DCE), Charity Akua Foriwaa Dwommoh, has bemoaned the low level of education especially among girls within the district. She stated her district’s abysmal performance of only ten percent (10%) during the 2018 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) is unacceptable and needed prompt redress. Madam Dwommoh was speaking during the inauguration ceremony of a modern girl-friendly six-unit classroom block for Namasa District Assembly (D/A) Primary school in the Tain district of the Bono region.
Constructed by ActionAid Ghana at the cost three hundred and seventy-seven thousand Ghana cedis (GHS 377,000) with funding from People’s Postcode Lottery in the United Kingdom (UK), the six-unit classroom will provide relief and serene atmosphere for teaching and learning for the school which hitherto studied in a dilapidated structure. The girl-friendly classroom block is also made up of an office, a storeroom, staff common room, library, girl’s changing room, six-seater Kumasi Ventilated Improved Pit-latrine (KVIP) toilet facility as well as a mechanized borehole.
Tain District Chief Executive (DCE), Charity Akua Foriwaa Dwommoh, said girls in the district are not motivated to attend school, adding that records available at the district education office revealed a particular school with fifty (50) girls and fifty-four (54) boys in primary school had only four girls left when they got to JHS three. The DCE therefore commended ActionAid Ghana for providing the six-unit classroom block with all the auxiliary facilities for Namasa D/A Primary School since it will motivate more children, especially girls in the area to go to school.
Country Director of ActionAid Ghana, Sumaila Abdul Wahab, said the objective of the project was to ensure effective teaching and learning as well as sustain the interest of the pupils particularly adolescent girls in school. He said ActionAid has stocked the library with the necessary text and supplementary books, constructed the mechanized borehole, provided three hundred (300) dual-desks, teachers’ furniture and other teaching and learning materials at additional cost. These facilities according to Mr. Abdul-Rahman should be able to keep the girls in school. He consequently urged the chiefs and people of Namasa to help in the empowerment of girls through formal education.
For his part, Tain District Director of Education, Mark Godfred Bormah, appealed to the Namasa community to ensure that their children are well educated because the world is changing. He charged teachers and pupils of Namasa D/A primary school to take good care of the facilities given them by ActionAid. ActionAid Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), seeks to promote social justice and eradication of poverty, especially in the interest of women and girls across Ghana.