A youth volunteer group, Keteke Ghana, has begun the construction of a four-unit classroom block for pupils of the SDA Primary School in Suhyen in the North Juabeng Municipal Assembly of the Eastern Region.
The exercise is aimed at providing a decent environment to facilitate and enhance the teaching and learning process as the pupils currently sit under an open shed to study.
This leaves them at the mercy of the weather, reduces concentration and attention and makes it difficult to store educational materials and desks.
The project, which is being done in collaboration with Smart Eye Magazine, under its ‘Citizen Build’ initiative, forms part of the core mission of Ketete, which has been in existence for the past 6 years.
Some 70 bags of cement have been donated for the classroom project to kick-start.
Speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction, President of Keteke Akosua Wiafe expressed the volunteer group’s commitment to staying true to its principles.
She noted that ventures as this will in the long run help in fulfilling the SDGs for a better Ghana and better world.
“Our quest to tackle education and sanitation is in line with the Sustainable Development Goals which is a driving force of what we have done over the years,” she stated.
According to her, the group also hopes to help in enhancing an interactive teaching and learning process by donating books and stationery to facilitate teaching and learning, and serve as a motivating factor to keep students in the classroom.
“Keteke Ghana will collaborate with relevant stakeholders to see how best we can contribute to address issues pertaining to high illiteracy rate, school drop outs and gambling as they are issues reported to be of concern to community.”
Patron of the volunteer group and Senior Lecturer at the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ) Yaw Odame Gyau called on institutions and organisations to support the vision to ensure it materialises.
Founder of Smart Eye Magazine Martin Thompson Ntem noted that Keteke Ghana has established a proven track record over the years and it only makes sense to combine efforts to make the dreams of the under privileged come true.
He also encouraged external bodies to support the plan with any little help they can offer.
“This is our little way of giving back to society especially the very students who patronize our magazines. We believe when we all bring our resources together we can achieve a lot and build our community for our general good.”
Over 4,000 exercise books and other educational materials were donated to the schools located within the Suhyen community.
The chief of Suhyen, Okogyeaman Ankomah Basapon, couldn’t hide his delight and hailed the volunteers for using their widow’s might in a venture such as this.
He added that he is overwhelmed by the decision to construct the block, saying it is long overdue.
Member of Parliament Nana Adjei Boateng said the campaign was timely as it not only fits into government agenda but also serves as a wake-up call for the community to carry on from where things were left off and sustain the activities started.
The team also donated used clothings and spent a week in the community schools assisting in teaching and learning process and motivating the students.
The humanitarian task for this year to Suhyen and Mpaem in the Region was hinged on a comprehensive sanitation and educational plan.
KetekeGh is a humanitarian volunteer group of students mainly from GIJ.
It has embarked on similar projects in Greater Accra, Central, Western, Volta and Ashanti regions.