COCOBOD Education Trust inaugurated to improve basic schools infrastruture in cocoa-growing communities

The government has inaugurated the COCOBOD Education Trust to build modern infrastructure at the basic level of schools in deprived cocoa-growing communities.

The initiative, which replaces the Cocoa Scholarship Scheme, is to bridge the educational and infrastructural gap between children in rural areas and their counterparts in urban areas.

It is also to support efforts to facilitate access to basic quality education delivery in cocoa-growing areas of the country.

Mr Peter Mac Manu, Chairman, COCOBOD, announced this at the inauguration of a five-member COCOBOD Education Trust in Accra.

The members of the Trust took the oaths of office and secrecy, administered by Mr Manu.

He said the decision to set up the Trust was mooted at a consensus from stakeholders including Members of Parliament, the Council of State, the Ghana Education Service, and the Cocoa Farmer Associations.

Mr Manu said the Scheme in the past years had been a beacon of hope for the young Ghanaians and provided access to secondary school

In September 2017, the government of Ghana, under the leadership of Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo, started the Free Senior High School Programme, and provided over one million students with access to education.

The Scheme, Mr Manu stated, played a key role in the country’s educational development, churning out 10,000 awards to various beneficiaries across the country’s senior schools.

‘The Trust is a testament to our unwavering commitment to the well-being and prosperity of our cocoa farmers and their children,’ he said.

He said investing in the country’s educational foundations created a lasting impact that would benefit generations, urging all stakeholders to rally behind the new initiative with enthusiasm and dedication.

Mr Ray Ankrah, the Deputy Chief Executive of COCOBOD in charge of Finance and Administration, said the Trust would help develop and build the manpower needs of children in deprived cocoa areas.

Dr Ernest Kwamina Addison, the Chairman of the Trust, thanked the government for
the confidence reposed in them and pledged to discharge their mandate to their best abilities.

Dr Addison, also the Governor of the Bank of Ghana, said the foundation of education was an important pillar of progress and promised to strive and make a lasting impact to improve the lives of children in the cocoa-growing areas.

The newly inaugurated COCOBOD Education Trust members are Dr Addison; Dr Eric Nkansah, Director-General of the Ghana Education Service; Mr Bismarck Fuachie, 2022 National Best Cocoa Farmer; Dr Emmanuel A. Opoku, Deputy Chief Executive in Charge of Operations at COCOBOD and Mr Francis Opoku, Director, Legal and Solicitor Secretary, COCOBOD.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Chillinga Basic School student tops 2023 BECE in Nkwanta South

Gilbert Asagba, a student from the Chillinga M/A Junior High School, has topped the 2023 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) in the Nkwanta South Municipality of the Oti Region.

Asagba was one of two outstanding students in the municipality, who obtained high scores in the BECE; Aggregate 16.

Francisca Ntsosu from the Kecheibi Junior High school obtained Aggregate 19 in the girl’s category.

Mr Prince Safori Amponsah, the Nkwanta South Municipal Exams Coordinator, addressing the media at a review of the 2023 BECE performance, said the performance in the Municipality had improved significantly when compared to the 2021 and 2022 results.

In 2021 a total of 2,030 students were registered and obtained 44.4 per cent pass but the results dropped in 2022 after 1,956 candidates were registered with 42.4 per cent pass.

Mr Amponsah said the Education Directorate came out with a strategic plan to improve the performance, which included vacation and extra classes for candidates, and provision of past quest
ions through the support of Mrs Samira Bawumia, wife of the Vice President.

He said through regular monitoring of the various interventions by the Education Directorate, a 61.3 per cent pass was recorded in 2023 with the total 1,981 candidates presented which he described as a significant improvement.

Touching on challenges to education in the municipality, Mr Amponsah mentioned annual tribal conflicts that ‘seriously’ affected schools within the Nkwanta Township, which caused student performance to drop yearly.

He spoke of the lack of logistics for regular monitoring and learning materials in some schools, which needed to be addressed.

Mr Amponsah commended Mrs Bawumia and Mr Geoffrey Kini, Member of Parliament for Nkwanta South, for supporting the extra classes of the candidates, as

well as the various NGOs their assistance to the Ghana Education Service in improving the academic performance of the students.

He called on headteachers, teachers, parents and the students to get on board in making educat
ion an utmost priority for a better future.

He congratulated the best performing candidates for their achievement, especially as they hailed from communities considered among the deprived in the Municipality.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Old student of TWIPAS donates to alma mater

A past student of the Twifo Praso Senior High School, Mr Isaac Nana Kojo Antwi, has donated assorted items to his alma mater to enhance teaching and learning.

The items included two sets of computers, six boxes of bulbs for street lighting, and a double bed.

Speaking at a short ceremony to hand over the items, Mr Antwi said the gesture was to support quality education delivery in the school and promote the teaching and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to enhance the schools’ academic performance.

He charged the management of the school to handle the items with maximum care and advised the students to concentrate on their studies to pass their examination successfully.

Mr Daniel Aidoo, Headmaster, lauded the efforts of Mr Antwi to improve the school’s performance and appealed for more support from other students, organisations and the Government to enhance the wellbeing of the school.

Source: Ghana News Agency

We are bringing free tertiary education for the disabled – Dr Bawumia

Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), has assured of introducing a free tertiary education policy for Persons with Disability (PWDs) if he elected the president of Ghana on December 7, 2024.

‘A lot of the disabled are also very sharp, smart, and brilliant but they don’t have the help and so we are bringing in free tertiary education for disabled people in Ghana,’ he said.

Dr Bawumia said this in Wa at the weekend during a meeting with Islamic clerics as part of his campaign tour to the Upper West Region.

The successful implementation of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) policy had offered an opportunity for people who, otherwise, would have dropped out of school due to financial challenges to have access to secondary education, he said.

Dr Bawumia, therefore, expressed the belief that the introduction of free tertiary education for PWDs would enable them to have access to tertiary education and training, irrespective of their financial status.

Some 1,000 special education tea
chers would also be recruited at the start of the free tertiary education for PWDs policy.

He was confident of the success of the policy, if he was given the opportunity, following the successful implementation of 33 policies as a Vice President, including the Free SHS and the Digitalisation agenda such as the Mobile Money interoperability.

Dr Bawumia also touched on the restoration of the Arabic teachers’ allowance, diversification of the country’s energy sources, supporting the mining sector for the country to get the best out of the nation’s natural resources as other policy interventions.

He said agriculture was a priority, hence he would transform the sector through commercialisation, mechanisation, improving access to credit facilities, and irrigation farming as the northern sector of the country had a comparative advantage.

Dr Bawumia also reiterated his stance against the LGBTQ+ as being against the religious beliefs, social values and culture of the Ghanaian people.

‘I want to make it once again
very, very clear on the issue of LGBTQ. Our Quran doesn’t accept it, and we will not accept it. I will not accept it as president of this country.

The Bible doesn’t accept it, and our African traditional values don’t accept it. So, we will not in any way, no matter the consequences, accept it,’ he said.

Sheikh Ahmed Yakubu, an Islamic Scholar and Deputy Regional Imam of the Al Sunnah Wal Jama’ah, commended the Vice President for declaring his stance against the LGBTQ+, saying: ‘… It is against our Quran and Hadith, so I thank you very much and I commend you for that.’

He appealed to the Vice President to use his office to facilitate the accreditation of an Islamic Training College being constructed in the region to help in the training of quality Islamic teachers for the country.

Mr Kwabena Agyapong, Senior campaign aid to Dr Bawumia, Mr Dan Botwe, the NPP election 2024 campaign chairperson, Mr Sulley Sambian, Chief Executive Officer, Northern Development Authority, and Mr Carlos Ahenkra, Member of Parlia
ment for Tema West, were among the members of Dr Bawumia’s team during the tour.

Source: Ghana News Agency

GES committed to implement interventions for quality education – DG

Dr Eric Nkansah, Director General of the Ghana Education Service, has reiterated the Service’s commitment to continue to implement series of educational interventions and initiatives that will provide holistic quality education to Ghanaian children.

Such moves, he said were in line with the Service’s mandate, which was to ensure that it delivered quality, inclusive, holistic, and relevant education to achieve improved learning outcomes for the benefit of all Ghanaian children of school-going age without any discrimination.

Dr. Nkansah, was speaking at the inauguration of a library complex constructed by the Deloitte Ghana, with support from Spring-Up Global Network for the Aburi cluster of schools in the Eastern region.

He said his outfit would continue to partner other organizations to help provide good educational interventions to augment efforts by the government of Ghana in providing quality education for every Ghanaian school going child.

‘Our work impacts every home; thus, we uphold the values of pa
rtnerships and collaboration to ensure we work with all stakeholders to achieve our objectives,’ he pointed out.

He applauded Deloitte and Spring-UP Global Network for playing a significant role in transforming the educational landscape, saying, ‘through your diligent efforts and work with us, I am pleased to learn that within 20 months, the Deloitte World Class Initiative has provided eight libraries with over 9,400 books and impacted over 23,000 learners across five regions in Ghana.’

Dr. Nkansah expressed confidence that those libraries would empower the pupils and students to broaden their horizons, deepen their understanding of diverse subjects, and cultivate critical thinking skills essential to succeed in the 21st century.

Ms. Akorfa Ama Akoto, Executive Director of Spring-Up Global Network, said, the partnership between Deloitte and her outfit had not only brought them closer to their shared goal of promoting literacy, but had also made a significant impact on the lives of thousands of children in

She mentioned that the commissioning of the Aburi Library had increased their impact to 23,319 learners in the country.

She commended Deloitte for funding the project and continuously supporting the Spring-Up Project team to achieve that feat.

The Aburi Cluster of Schools library is a 50-seater capacity facility stocked with 1,100 books, mainly authored by Africans, on topics such as literature, personal development, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The library also has a reading floor for learners in the early grades.

Source: Ghana News Agency

KETABUSCO boys sensitised on mental health

Boy students of Keta Business College (KETABUSCO) have been educated on healthy emotional management to ensure their mental health, an essential to their overall well-being.

This has become important because boys often faced societal pressures to exhibit toughness even in their vulnerable moments, which could potentially worsen their feelings of anger and aggression (which are issues of mental health).

The education forms part of activities in the school to mark the 2024 World Day of the Boy Child themed: ‘Cool Boys; Teaching Boys How to Manage Anger and Aggression.’

The event, organised by the Girls’ Education Unit of the Keta Municipal Education Directorate with support from Madam Matilda Dzotepe, Headmistress, and the staff of KETABUSCO, saw the boys walk through the principal streets of Keta carrying placards to raise awareness of the day.

A team from the Mental Health Unit of the Keta Municipal Hospital led by Mr Edem Afagbedzi took the boys through topics including understanding anger and aggression
and anger management strategies such as emotional awareness and expression, and developing coping mechanisms, to support them.

Mr Kenneth Blewudzi, Officer in Charge of Basic Schools at the Keta Municipal Education Directorate stressed the relevance of the theme for this year’s observance saying, aggression, if not well managed could have long-term implications like failed relationships, violent behaviours and mental problems.

He advised the participants to identify themselves, take these skills seriously and apply them to achieve their goals as students in school and for the benefit of their future.

Some of the students, touched by the messages from the various speakers, resolved to make the necessary changes to help them navigate the challenges of growing up in a complex world, where boys/men must not exhibit signs of vulnerability with others pledging to rededicate their time for the very purpose for their being in school.

Master Andy Nii Abbey, Assistant School Prefect, KETABUSCO in his vote of thanks
said they needed more of this programme during their time in school to shape them into responsible adults who their families and society would be proud of.

Madam Aurelia Tudzi, Girls’ Education Officer, Keta Municipal Education Directorate in an interview with Ghana News Agency said the event had been successful as the aim for its organisation was achieved.

‘We wanted at least one student should in future say, because of this day, he learnt something and changed from his old way(s). And from what the students themselves have said, we more than achieved our aim. A student said his academic performance has been on a downward trend because he’s joined a group of boys interested in sports betting and promised to change.’

The Girls’ Education Officer explained why she led the charge in organising an event for boys saying, ‘our vision is for all Ghanaian girl children and their brothers – the boys… So, we must care about their education as well.’

World Day of the Boy Child, founded in 2018 by Dr Jerome Teelucks
ingh in Trinidad and Tobago and observed every May 16, seeks to celebrate the contributions of boys as well as address their silent struggles.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Rainstorm damages Hohoe E.P. Senior High School building

A rainstorm on Thursday, May 16, caused serious damage to buildings and other facilities of the Hohoe E.P Senior High School (HEPSS) in the Hohoe Municipality of the Volta region.

The school’s garage, boys’ and girls’ dormitory, classroom blocks, school’s clinic, maintenance shed, siren and polytanks were among the damaged properties.

Madam Olivia Afua Agbezuge, Assistant Headmistress, Administration, briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) after a tour of some damaged properties, said trees also fell as a result of the rainstorm but they were lucky no casualty was recorded.

She said the situation had plunged the institution into lights out since the incident until the time of the visit, adding that there were no preps for students in the evening.

‘Some classrooms are still dark and some students with eye problems find it difficult to learn under the present condition. Even teachers are affected because some of them have to use light during the day in their lessons.’

Madam Agbezuge said the siren, being the
source of information to students, had also been down which inhibited movement of students on their schedules.

She called for individuals and organisations for the school since they were now in danger.

The GNA has also learnt that water supply to the school, which is hinged on electricity power, could be affected.

Mr Foster Agbotse, Board Chairman of the School, after assessing the extent of damage, told GNA that the Electricity Company of Ghana (ECG) had been on the campus and it was the hope that power would be restored as soon as possible.

He said the security of the school was key and the breakdown of the siren was affecting the control of students although the school cadet came in handy.

Mr Agortse noted that if power was not restored, access to water would be a difficult situation to handle.

He noted that there was no plant to power the school and appealed to the Ministry of Education, old students, the church and philanthropists to help the school.

Mr Agotse said the dilapidated nature of the cl
assrooms affected needed urgent attention from government.

Source: Ghana News Agency

2024 National Global Action Education Week launched at Winneba

The Ghana Education Service (GES) remains committed to collaborating closely with its partners to foster synergy and learn from one another as well as share best practices towards a common vision of quality education for all persons in the Country.

Mr Emmanuel Essuman, Central Regional Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES), gave the assurance in an address he delivered on behalf of the Director-General of GES, Dr Eric Nkansah, at the launch of the 2024 National Global Action Week for Education, organised by Ghana National Education Campaign (GNECC) at Winneba.

The Global theme for the celebration is: ‘Transformative Education, and the national theme is, ‘ Strengthening the structures for Transformative Education.’

Among stakeholders in education who attended the function were basic and Senior High School students, Effutu Municipal Education Directorate officials, Teachers and Parents.

Mr Essuman stated that the event marked an important milestone in collective efforts at improving education in Gha
na and to promote collaboration between valued partners, adding that the themes for this year’s celebration was consistent with building a 21st-century education system to deliver improved learning outcomes to benefit all children of school-going age without discrimination in the country.

‘I am excited that this year’s celebration will complement on-gong government efforts to improve learning outcomes through improved and strengthened management structures’, he stated.

He applauded the GNECC for organising and bringing all the stakeholders together to deliberate on the issues, and also extended appreciation to the participants for their significant support and commitment to education in the country, particularly at the pre-tertiary level.

According to him, the Global Action Week for Education represented a significant investment in the country’s educational system, with focus on emphasising the importance of strengthening education management systems for educational transformation.

He urged all and sundry
to continue to assist in improving learning outcomes and ensure that every child in Ghana obtained quality education, no matter their geographical location.

‘Together we can create an educational landscape that prepares our students to thrive, excel and contribute towards the development of our great Nation, Ghana,’ he added.

Students in Effutu municipality in a statement called for a safer environment, enlightenment and development through education.

They said in strengthening the structures for transformative education and to improve gender access to inclusive education, there was the need for provision of textbooks to basic schools, provision of Information, Communication Technology, (ICT) tools, construction of accommodation for teachers among others.

‘We the students in Winneba are calling on education stakeholders to come to our aid to particularly renovate the existing classroom blocks to a standardised one and also help upgrade our ICT structure at the foundation level.’

‘Extend the help to all s
chools in Effutu with a focus on innovation and sustainable approaches to education, to drive societal change,’ he added.

The Effutu Municipal Education Directorate, Associates for Change, Action AID, GNAT, NAGRAT, TEWU, Challenging Heights, Star Ghana foundation, Sabre Education, OXFAM and Right to Play are partners of GNECC who presented solidarity messages .

Mr Joseph Atsu Homadzei, National Chairman of GNECC, who launched the week, called for concerted efforts by all to augment government’s commitment at strengthening the structures for transformative education in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency