The acting Vice Chancellor (VC) of the Kumasi Technical University, formerly Kumasi Polytechnic, Prof. Asiamah Yeboah, has stated that it will be essential for the government to partner orphanages in the private sector to improve education.
In an interview with the Daily Graphic at Denase in the Afigya Kwabre District in the Ashanti Region, he noted that most private orphanages were building structures where their inmates could have access to quality education but lacked resources to advance in that direction.
He further noted that due to inadequate resources, most inhabitants of orphanages who were either orphans or street children had to attend basic schools outside their orphanages, bemoaning the numerous dangers involved.
He, therefore, suggested that though those orphanages were in the private sector, the government could build public schools within their gates to ensure that these children have access to quality education.
That, to him, would be in line with efforts of the education sector towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goal of Education in a developing country such as Ghana.
He expressed the belief that society, including governments, must support orphanages to shape the lives of their inmates, especially in the area of quality education.
Resourcing Ashan Children’s Home
Prof. Yeboah said just as children who did not find themselves in orphanages were supported to become good future leaders through education, children of orphanages deserved similar support to ensure a better future for them.
At a ceremony at Denase, Prof. Yeboah assisted his wife, Mrs Doreen Asiamah Yeboah, who is a gospel artiste, and a radio presenter, Mr Collins Amo Poku (DJ Tofeakwa), to present items worth GH¢6,000.00 to resource the Ashan Children’s Home at Denase.
The items included 50 bags of cement, three cartons of Milo, four sacks of baby diapers, five boxes of bottled water, three cartons of toilet roll, two cartons of baked beans, two gallons of cooking oil, seven cartons of milk and assorted drinks.
The bags of cement in particular were meant to support the building of a library for the home where the children of the home would learn.
A co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the home, Mrs Christiana Jim Konadu, received the items, and expressed appreciation to the Asiamah family for the gesture.