Save Our World International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Rotterdam, Netherlands has initiated a programme to support the educational needs of the Vodza Roman Catholic (R/C) Schools in the Keta Municipality of the Volta Region.
The move is aimed at improving the academic performance of the schoolchildren, which has been on the decline over the years.
As part of measures to make the objective a reality, the founders of the organisation, who are also natives of Vodza, last week presented assorted books to the school and also spent a week to teach the children.
A member of the organisation, Ms Philomena Anderson, a teacher who resides in Scotland, told the Daily Graphic that, “Our drive is to teach our children how to read and write.”
She said it was the strong conviction of the organisation that if the children were assisted, they could read, since “indications so far have pointed to that fact”.
Ms Anderson announced that a reading club, where good readers would support the weaker ones, would soon be formed in the school to improve reading among the pupils.
She also noted that the organisation would periodically donate learning and teaching materials to the school and also organise refresher courses for the teachers to improve their capacity.
“We also have plans to train our teachers to improvise with local materials that are abound in the municipality,” she stressed.
Ms Anderson used the occasion to appeal to the municipality directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES) to intensify supervision in the schools, noting that: “We have realised that most of our children have the potential to perform academically.”
She appealed to parents to also collaborate with the GES to train the children to develop their innate potential.
Responsibility of parents
“It is the responsibility of parents to work together with school authority, she noted, saying: “We have come to plant the seed, some of the children are indeed marvelous,” she said.
The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Champion Oil Ghana Limited, and a native of Vodza, Mr Alfred Agbosu, said a group of natives had in the past put in place measures to tackle the dwindling academic performance of the school, noting: “It is welcome news that our daughters of the land have decided to give back to the community.
The founder of the organisation, Ms Margaret Kukubor, said the organisation would put a premium on the training of children, particularly those in the formative years.