Aburimma Association of Toronto, a group of Ghanaians based in Canada has presented 20 desktop computers, printers, and other accessories worth $40,000 to the Aburi Presbyterian Cluster of Schools in Aburi.
The group responded to an appeal made by the school to support it with computers in order to refurbish its computer laboratory which was constructed some years ago yet had no computers, making the teaching and learning of information communication and technology (ICT) difficult for both teachers and students.
Presentation of computers
Presenting the items to the schools at Emmanuel Presbyterian Church of Ghana in Aburi on Sunday, the President of the association, Mr Hanson Obeng Asamoah, said the gesture was made possible through individual contributions of members of the association in order to boost the study of ICT, especially at the basic level.
According to him, members of the association are Ghanaians who hail from Aburi and saw the need to help in enhancing the teaching and learning of ICT in the school.
“We are happy that the association’s charity gesture is benefiting schools thousands of miles away from Canada where its members are based,” he said.
He called on management of the school to ensure regular maintain of all the devices which was presented to the school for it to serve its purpose.
The Warfare Officer of the association, Mr Francis Ayesi, said the training of the youth using relevant IT tools and equipment was key to their progress and development hence the association’s decision to support the school.
He further stated that the association was keen on supporting the Aburi Presbyterian Cluster of Schools and other needy institutions with refurbished computers on a regular basis.
“We will come over to help support the school in many ways to enhance teaching and learning.”
The District Minister of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana in charge of Aburi District, Rev. Christian Amankwa Kwafo, who received the items on behalf of the school, thanked the donors for the gesture and appealed for more assistance.
He assured the association that the computers would be put to good use and kept in good working order to encourage the association to donate more equipment in future.
“We envisage that the computers donated today would help keep our kids abreast with time because we find ourselves in technological age but we keep operating within the confines of the status quo, a time will come and our people will lack behind.
“This is because if you go to our schools, we are still using the old methods in teaching and as a result of the lack of these essential teaching and learning materials, which is presently not helping at all,” he said.
Rev. Kwafo also made a passionate appeal to other associations and corporate bodies to support the school to establish a library in order to help promote lifelong reading habits among the students.