The Chinese Government has officially handed over phase two of the ultra-modern classroom block project to the Awutu Beraku D/A Basic School in the Awutu Senya District in the Central Region.
The second phase of the project included the installation of iron fences outside the windows of the classroom to provide security to the facilities in the classrooms, as well as the construction of a modern playground for the schoolchildren.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Awutu Senya, Madam Hanna Serwaa Tetteh, lobbied for the project to help improve access to education in the school.
It would be recalled that phase one of the project, which was made up of the construction of a six-unit classroom block, a headmaster’s office, a staff room, a library, a place of convenience, as well as the renovation of an old block for use as a dining hall, a kitchen and a storeroom, all constructed at a cost of $250,000, was handed over in November, 2015.
Additional facilities accompanying the project are 303 sets of modern desks and chairs, 30 computers, a projector, 15 UPS and 30 Wi-Fi connection cards, two air conditioners, 12 sets of desks and chairs for the head teacher and teachers, among other items.
The rest are five file cabinets for the head teacher and teachers, five bookcases for the library, 15 cupboards and six platforms, all provided at a cost of $65,000.
Addressing a short ceremony to inaugurate the project, the Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Sun Baohong, thanked the project contractor, China Qingjian International Ghana Development Company, for the excellent work done.
In education alone, she said China had embarked upon several projects which included the New Century Vocational Training School expansion project in Accra, the University of Health and Allied Sciences in Ho, construction of primary schools in rural areas, among others items.
According to her, since 2014, the Chinese Embassy had donated five classrooms for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in five regions. The embassy was also constructing three ICT classrooms in the Eastern and Ashanti regions this year.
She noted that all these timely interventions were tailored towards improving education in all parts of the country.
She advised the pupils to study hard so as to make meaningful contributions to the growth of the nation, stressing that the facilities provided for them were intended to help improve the standard of education in the school.
Ms Serwaa Tetteh, who is also the Foreign Affairs Minister, said it was important that modern classrooms were built to provide an enabling environment to help the pupils to excel academically.
She thanked the Chinese Government for its support to the school as the project would go a long way to motivate the pupils to study hard and pass well in the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
She charged the authorities of the school to ensure that the project was maintained for the benefit of future generations.
The District Chief Executive for Awutu Senya, Mr Sampson Abbey Armah, expressed the government’s appreciation to the Chinese Government for its continuous support to the school in the district, and implored authorities of the school to make good use of the facilities provided to improve the academic performance of the pupils.