Rotary Club of Accra Spintex (RCAS) has cut the sod to commence work on the construction of a library, an Information and Communications Technology (ICT) laboratory and kindergarten classrooms for the Old Lashibi TMA Basic School.
The project, which is to be completed in two years at an estimated cost of US $200,000, is being supported by the Ghanaian Engineers and Architects Association of America (GEAAA) with an amount of GH¢ 40,000 and technical support, as well as support from other philanthropists.
At the ceremony held last Friday in Accra, the President of RCAS, Mrs Jennifer Brock, said the club had six areas of focus and one of them was supporting the development of education in line with Ghana’s objective to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“The Development Goal 4.2 states that by 2030 all girls and boys must have access to quality early childhood development care and pre-primary education so that they are ready for primary education,” she said.
She further mentioned that the club adopted the school in 2013 and had since undertaken a series of projects, including painting of some classrooms and refurbishing an existing computer lab with new computers. It has also formed a reading club that provides an avenue for the children to be engaged in reading.
According to Mrs Brock, the classroom occupied by the children in the kindergarten was in a deplorable state and that posed a challenge to their safety. She indicated that members of the club were concerned about the situation and decided to embark on the project.
“All stakeholders, including the community, educational and metropolitan authorities, will agree with me that the existing structure is in a deplorable state and not fit to be used by school kids who are the future of this nation and deserve to attend school in safety and dignity,” she said.
The Tema Metro Director of Education, Mrs Margret Frempong-Kore, lauded the club for the initiative and pledged to offer the club the necessary support and collaboration for the good of the school.