Reverend Sister Jusinta Kwakyewaa Osei (arrowed) engaging with some of the students at the new Clothing and Textiles Resource Centre
Reverend Sister Jusinta Kwakyewaa Osei (arrowed) engaging with some of the students at the new Clothing and Textiles Resource Centre

2023 Global Education Supplies and Solution award winner renovates school block

The winner of the  2023 Global Education Supplies and Solution (GESS) awards in Dubai last year, Reverend Sister Jusinta Kwakyewaa Osei, has renovated an old school block in the St Francis Senior High and Technical School at Akim Oda in the Eastern Region to serve as the Clothing and Textiles Resource Centre to enhance teaching and learning.


Rev. Sister Osei, who is a teacher of the school and the first runner-up at the 2021 Ghana Teacher Prize, also wired the centre and provided bigger bulbs to illuminate the room.

He had installed ceiling fans to ensure proper ventilation as well as provided a number of tables to aid in cutting and sewing and outlets for ironing clothes.

The project, which cost about GH¢12,000, included floor works, ceiling, painting, fixing of a door and buggler proofs.

Speaking during a handover ceremony, Rev. Sis. Osei, who doubles as the Senior House Mistress of the school, said previously a single room was serving as Home Economics Department; which was a dual-purpose facility.

She said the facility contained all the tools and equipment used for other practicals, thus making teaching of the practical aspect of the Clothing and Textiles very difficult.

Also, because of the situation, she said the tools and equipment used for the course did not have a stable place of storage as they had to be moved out whenever it was time for other practicals, thereby causing wear and tear.

Initially, she said, she converted her office into a resource centre for the teaching and learning of Clothing and Textiles concepts until she was later able to mobilise enough resources for the project.

Rev. Sis. Osei expressed the hope that the improved structure would aid in the teaching of Clothing and Textiles, as learners would get hands-on experience with the tools, materials and equipment for the practical work in order to produce better results. 

Self-help projects

Rev. Sis. Osei held the conviction that self-help projects should be at the forefront of solving the developmental challenges of deprived areas.

She, therefore, encouraged all workers to identify the challenges at their workplaces and take the personal initiative to fix them.

She further appealed for assistance to secure extra sewing machines to support the learners.


The Headmaster of the school, Joseph Kojo Nomo, expressed his appreciation to the teacher for taking such an initiative and mobilising resources to put the place in shape.

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