Assembly hands over classroom block to Mahamamo Basic School


The Tarkwa Nsuaem Municipal Assembly has constructed a three-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities for Mahamamo Municipal Assembly (M/A) Basic School.

The new classroom block, funded from the District Assembly Common Fund (DACF), has an office, store, computer room, enviro loo toilet facility and urinal bay.

Speaking at the opening of the school, Mr Benjamin Kessie, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Tarkwa Nsuaem Assembly, said the new classroom block would enhance teaching and learning.

He urged the pupils to be disciplined and concentrate on their books more to ensure the investment made did not become wasted.

He commended the Divisional Chief of Mahamamo, Nana Kwabena Gyan II, for his consistent contribution in promoting education in his community.

Mr William Boss Baiden, the Deputy Director of Finance and Administration, Municipal Education Directorate, commended the Assembly for ensuring a conducive environment for teaching and learning and assured that the facility would be maintained
to extend its life span.

Nana Gyan, on his part, lauded the MCE and Member of Parliament for Tarkwa Nsuaem, Mr George Mireku Duker, for their passion towards enhancing the growth of education in the municipality.

The Assembly Member of Esuaso Electoral Area, Mr Maxwell Kindo, appealed to the Assembly to construct a teachers quarters for the Mahamamo Community to attract more teachers to the area.

Source: Ghana News Agency

St Paul’s Methodist Preparatory and JHS launch 25th Anniversary at Winneba


Madam Dinah Anderson, Effutu Municipal Director of Education, says education is not merely the accumulation of knowledge, but how it is used to effect positive changes.



She said there was the need for continuous investments in developing innovative and learner-centered curricula that prepared learners for the challenges of the 21st century.



Madam Anderson made the call at the launch of the 25th Anniversary of Saint Paul, Methodist Preparatory and Junior High School (JHS), which was chaired by Prof Yaw Ameyaw of University of Education, Winneba.



The anniversary under the theme: ’25 years of Transforming lives through quality education, our story, our achievement, our future,’ will be celebrated in September to coincide with the school’s Speech and Prize-giving day.



The occasion would be used to generate funds to support an Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) laboratory project.



Madam Anderson advocated the leveraging of emerging technologies in the years ahead to enhance effective teaching and learning, which must include empowering educators to be agents of change, equip them with the skills and resources to nurture the next generation of leaders.



She said there was the need for equity and inclusivity in educational policies that would ensure every child, regardless of their background, had the opportunity to access quality learning.



According to her, St Paul’s Methodist Preparatory School had become a beacon of knowledge and credible values, of which they had not only imparted academic wisdom, but also instilled in the learners the virtues of perseverance, compassion and integrity.



‘These achievement for the past 25 years is testament to the hard work, dedication and unwavering commitment of the staff, volunteers and communities you serve to make remarkable strides in your mission at transforming lives through the power of education,’ she stated.



Madam Anderson said while celebrating 25 years of nurturing young minds, the memories created must be cherished, friendships forged maintained, and the knowledge gained foster a future where graduates continued to make a difference in the society, they found themselves.



She applauded the management of the school for their hard work and dedication at providing transformative educational opportunities to communities in and around Winneba.



The school began in 1999 with the mission of making education accessible to help break the cycle of poverty, empower marginalised populations and building more equitable society.



‘By staying true to our mission and adapting to the evolving needs of the communities, we are confident that St Paul Methodists Preparatory School will continue to transform lives and to create more just, equitable and prosperous future for all, she added.



Ms Katena Freebody-Acquah, Headmistress of the school, on behalf of the Church, St Paul’s Methodist Society, the School Management Committee, the Local Manager and the Parent Teacher Association thanked all stakeholders for supporting the school this far.



She said it was their aim to continue developing and maintaining a happy and vibrant school in which everyone was safe, treated with respect and encouraged to learn.



Alhaji Zubairu Kassim, Effutu Municipal Chief Executive, who was the Special Guest of Honour in a speech, commended the founders and management of the school for providing enabling environment where the younger ones will strive and excel to become patriotic citizens.



‘As you celebrate your achievement, you must also look at the future with confidence, excitement and hope to continue to transforming lives, achieve greatness, inspire and shape current and unborn generation to become productive citizens,’ he added.



A representative of Neenyi Ghartey VII, Effutu Oma Odefe, the School’s PTA Chairperson, Rt Rev Rtd Jeremiah Morrison, St Paul’s Methodist Society and Ghana National Association of Private Schools were among those gave speeches and goodwill messages.



Rt Rev Paa Solomon Grant Essilfie, Bishop of Winneba Diocese of the Methodist Church Ghana, who launched the anniversary, urged parents in and around Effutu to enroll their children in the school.



He appealed to parents to have time for their children when they return from school, assist them with their homework and stop them from doing things that distracted their education.



He was also joined by dignitaries to unveil the anniversary cloth and monument.





Source: Ghana News Agency



The Chalk Talk Foundation Africa organises second edition of the Prodigy Examination?


The Chalk Talk Foundation Africa, in partnership with Owura Nsarkoh Events, has organised the second edition of the Prodigy Examination for final year Junior High School (JHS) pupils to help prepare them for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).



Mr Richard Kwabena Nsarkoh, the founder and Executive Director of the foundation, said the examination was a scheme meant solely to help them in their first external exam.



 He noted that this year’s theme, ‘The Dream Ghanaian Child,’ was in line with the Ghana Education Service’s (GES) introduction of the New Standards-Based Curriculum, which was aimed at producing candidates who could exhibit the six core competencies in the curriculum framework.



 ‘Our ultimate goal as a team, which believes in kids, children, youth, and women’s development through education, health, and entertainment, is to raise candidates who are creative and innovative, critical thinkers, good communicators, great leaders, and above all, problem solvers,’ he said.



He said five schools from the Tema East constituency participated in the competition, along with 11 final-year students from Manhean TMA 1 Basic School, Manhean Methodist Basic School, Oprah Winifrey Academic, Agyir School Complex, and Assemblies of God School.



Mrs Lola Asiseh Ashitey, the General Manager for Sewage System, a subsidiary of the Jospong Group of Companies, stated in a keynote address that the prodigy examination looked beyond passing the examination, and that it was designed to help shape the Ghanaian child to be an implementer and innovator.



 Mrs Ashitey said the curriculum was a fundamental framework that enhanced creative thinkers, critical thinkers, problem solvers, team players, good communicators, and an independent personality. 



She said with determination, dedication, and consistency in learning, students could achieve their goals if they set their minds to it and made a difference in their communities.



She said, ‘In all your doings, you have to remember to be good citizens while implementing what you have been taught in school to become a changemaker.’



Mrs Ashitey also urged them to learn not only for passing exams but to grow beyond passing exams, become responsible citizens, and together, they could make Tema and Ghana shine globally.



 



Master Abraham Oklikah, a final-year student from the Manhean Methodist Basic School, urged his fellow candidates to be determined and work hard as they prepared for their exams, adding that they should not allow the change in the curriculum to affect their studies or put fear in them.



He also called on the government to help build infrastructure such as libraries and ICT labs and provide good resources like projectors that would help improve education effectively.



The examination ended with Abraham Oklikah emerging as the winner with 256 points, Samuel Bonku from Manhean Methodist Basic School placing second with 244 points, and Frank Nyarko from Egyir Preparatory emerging third with 226 points.





Source: Ghana News Agency



Children Believe constructs nine Early Childhood Development education centres


Children Believe, an international NGO, within its last financial year (April 2023 – March 2024), constructed nine Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres across its operational zone to ensure strong educational foundation for children in the country.



Children Believe, during the period, also distributed 14,371 education materials to schoolchildren, 863 dual desks to schools and 243 round tables, and 1,474 chairs to kindergartens to ensure conducive learning environment for children.



Children Believe and its partners operate in 16 municipalities and districts in the Northern, North East, Savannah, Upper East and Upper West Regions.



Mr Samuel Oppong Kwabiah, Programmes Manager, Children Believe, presented the figures as part of the organisation’s achievements during its Annual Programme Kick-off and Strategic Plan Consultation forum in Tamale.



It was attended by key stakeholders drawn from the Ghana Education Service (GES), Ghana Health Service from the five regions in the north, and partner organisations to take stock of the organisation’s (Children Believe) previous results, challenges, and opportunities, and make inputs into its new Strategic Plan.



Mr Kwabiah said in health and nutrition, the organisation established 20 ‘mother-to-mother’ clubs to support health, nutrition, breastfeeding, and other practices in communities to amongst others promote maternal and child health.



He said as part of the interventions, a total of 4,336 people comprising 1,595 males and 2,741 females including adolescents, received reproductive health or HIV and AIDS counseling or training whilst two water facilities were built for schools and 17 single sex sanitation facilities were also built and or restored at schools.



On livelihoods, he said the organisation trained 107 (24 males and 78 females) youth/women on market focused inclusive technical or vocational training for self-employment, whilst 381 village savings and loans associations had been formed and in operation with 8,614 members to promote a savings culture amongst them as well as ensure access to capital for their enterprises.



He said during the period, 466,000 children, teachers, caretakers, and parents benefited from greater access to inclusive, quality education, adding 254,300 community members benefited from access to maternal and child health care services.



Mr Kwabiah said for the next financial year (April 2024 to March 2025), the organisation had planned to construct four ECD centres at Yendi, Kumbungu, Sagnarigu and Builsa North Districts, and would also distribute 15,176 educational materials to 4, 766 schoolchildren at ECD, primary and junior high school levels.



He said 12,151 (5,910 males and 6,241 females) would be trained on antenatal care and neonatal care services whilst 20 mother clubs comprising 400 members would be established to support health, nutrition, breastfeeding, and other related practices.



Mrs Esenam Kavi De Souza, Country Director, Children Believe, said the organisation would double its reach, revenue and recognition within the next seven years assuring stakeholders that his outfit would continue to work with them on its new strategy.



Naab Francis Asangalisah (II), Chief of Chuchuliga in the Builsa North District, expressed appreciation to Children Believe for providing educational and water facilities in his area, and said they were positively impacting the lives of people, especially children in the area.



Madam Priscilla Walters, Head, Early Childhood Education, GES, expressed gratitude to Children Believe for its interventions in the ECD sector, saying they were helping to ensure strong educational foundation for children in the country.





Source: Ghana News Agency



Binduri MP supports 205 tertiary students with GH205, 000.00


Mr. Abdulai Abanga the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Binduri constituency who doubles as Deputy Minister for Local Government Rural Development has supported 205 tertiary students with GH205, 000.00 in his constituency.



The GhS1000.00 per student forms part of the MP’s Initiative for Tertiary Education students.



The MP also facilitated and secured full scholarships for two students from Binduri who are currently pursuing four-year Bachelor’s degrees at Ashesi University and the University of Ghana, respectively, as well as six students pursuing various programmes abroad.



In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Abanga said the support aimed to help elevate some financial burdens on students and their parents and urged the students to take their education seriously to help drive the human capital of the constituency and Ghana at large.



He said as a law maker of his constituency, there was a need to develop the constituency human resources through education.



He said’ we need a lot of staff in various sectors in the constituency, especially in the health and education sector, if it’s time for your posting and you want to work in Binduri reach out to us and we will help facilitate that’



He said he was determined to make sure Binduri developed in all sectors, ‘I am doing all I can to develop the Binduri constituency and I need your support, the youth is the constituency and the New Patriotic Party government and myself are for the youth’.



Mr. Ayinga Abagre Yakubu the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Binduri urged the beneficiaries to prioritize working in the district after their study period.



He said, ‘let’s also know that Binduri is for us, after your education come home, let’s put all hands together and develop Binduri.’



He said the support from the MP was non-political but it was an agenda to encourage tertiary students and to give them financial support to aid them during their studies.





Source: Ghana News Agency



Students asked to be agents of change


Mr Stephen Amenu, the Kadjebi District STEM Co-ordinator, has asked students to be agents of change to influence society positively.

He said by taking their studies seriously, not indulging in violent acts, respecting one another’s views, and avoiding open defecation, among other things, their peers would emulate them, thereby making society conducive for habitation.

Mr Amenu gave this advice during the 2024 Citizenship Week celebration with students of the Kadjebi E.P. Central Junior High School (JHS), Kadjebi R.C. Primary and JHS, and the D/A Primary in the Oti Region on Tuesday.

Speaking on the theme: ‘Children, Let’s Build Ghana Together,’ and on Article 41 (C) of the 1992 Constitution, he advised the students to foster national unity and live-in harmony with others as election 2024 approached.

Referring to Article 41 (d), he said they needed ‘to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interest of others and generally refrain from acts that are detrimental to the welfare of other persons’.

Mr Ame
nu charged them to encourage their peers and family members to tolerate other people’s opinions and engaged in positive communication.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Co-ordinator advised the students ‘to protect and safeguard the environment’ as it was a civic responsibility.

They must also desist from taking hard drugs as it would ruin their future, he added.

Madam Gifty Obeng, the Headmistress of Kadjebi E.P Central JHS, commended the team for the programme through their timely and appropriate messaging.

The NCCE introduced the Citizenship Week celebration as part of the Annual Constitution Week celebration in 2012.

It seeks to remind basic school pupils of their responsibilities as active citizens and their roles to build a strong, vibrant and democratic Ghana.

The Kadjebi District Office of the NCCE is observing the week with students in 40 selected schools across the district.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Students asked to be agents of change


Mr Stephen Amenu, the Kadjebi District STEM Co-ordinator, has asked students to be agents of change to influence society positively.

He said by taking their studies seriously, not indulging in violent acts, respecting one another’s views, and avoiding open defecation, among other things, their peers would emulate them, thereby making society conducive for habitation.

Mr Amenu gave this advice during the 2024 Citizenship Week celebration with students of the Kadjebi E.P. Central Junior High School (JHS), Kadjebi R.C. Primary and JHS, and the D/A Primary in the Oti Region on Tuesday.

Speaking on the theme: ‘Children, Let’s Build Ghana Together,’ and on Article 41 (C) of the 1992 Constitution, he advised the students to foster national unity and live-in harmony with others as election 2024 approached.

Referring to Article 41 (d), he said they needed ‘to respect the rights, freedoms and legitimate interest of others and generally refrain from acts that are detrimental to the welfare of other persons’.

Mr Ame
nu charged them to encourage their peers and family members to tolerate other people’s opinions and engaged in positive communication.

The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Co-ordinator advised the students ‘to protect and safeguard the environment’ as it was a civic responsibility.

They must also desist from taking hard drugs as it would ruin their future, he added.

Madam Gifty Obeng, the Headmistress of Kadjebi E.P Central JHS, commended the team for the programme through their timely and appropriate messaging.

The NCCE introduced the Citizenship Week celebration as part of the Annual Constitution Week celebration in 2012.

It seeks to remind basic school pupils of their responsibilities as active citizens and their roles to build a strong, vibrant and democratic Ghana.

The Kadjebi District Office of the NCCE is observing the week with students in 40 selected schools across the district.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Eleven-year-old writer provides e-library for St. Paul’s Methodist School


Miss Sarah Kittoe, an 11-year-old writer, and her family have handed over an e-library and a refurbished book library to St. Paul’s Methodist Preparatory School in Tema.

The girl, a Ghanaian residing in the United Kingdom, has authored four books, including ‘The Friendship Club’ and ‘Ama and the Lost Key.’

The e-library is equipped with 20 desktop computers, speakers, headphones, and other accessories to aid teaching and learning.

Miss Kittoe said she visited the school, which is the alma mater of his father, last year to donate some of her books to them but realised that their library needed to be in better shape and expressed his wish to help.

She said she intended to use proceeds from the sale of her books for the project, but more was needed, so, her parents supported her to ensure that her dream of providing a better library materialised.

She encouraged the pupils of the school to make good use of the e-library and the book library to develop an interest in reading and writing, announcing that they
were in talks with the school authorities to start a writing club through which write-ups from the members would be assessed and the winners helped to publish them.

Mr Albert Kittoe, father of Sarah, said the project, which cost them 10,000 pounds, has learning games and materials that could help pupils who are academically poor pick up.

He said too much emphasis was being put on academically good children in schools in Ghana; therefore, the software on the e-library, when used well, will propel the others to learn and understand what is being taught through the games.

He stated that it brings on board inclusion and equity, noting that when they receive such help from the basic level, they could build upon it as they move up the academic ladder.

He called on others to help the various schools with the needed teaching and learning equipment to improve the lives of children in Ghana.

Nana Kofi Baidoo, the school’s headteacher, commended Sarah and her family for their gesture, indicating that only a few sch
ools in Ghana can boast of such facilities, therefore, having such a gift from them is a privilege.

He noted that the facility would enhance their teaching and learning to keep up with global trends, as its technological provision would bring out innovation and critical thinking in the students.

Meanwhile, the extended family of Sarah also donated 2,000 pounds to help solve other school challenges.

St Paul’s Methodist Preparatory School was established in 1975 and currently has a pupil population of 820.

Source: Ghana News Agency