An environmental protection firm in Ghana, HS+E Consulting Ghana Limited, has donated educational materials worth GH¢4,000 to the Owlo Roman Catholic (R/C) JHS at Owlo in the Dafiama-Busie-Issa District in the Upper West Region to enhance quality teaching and learning at the school.
The items included textbooks, branded answer booklets and sheets, pens, pencils, atlas, and mathematical sets.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr Ignatius Kansanga, who led a team of four to present the items to the school, said the donation formed part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to support the less-privileged in society.
Deprived basic schools
He said the Owlo Roman Catholic (R/C) JHS was one of the identified deprived basic schools in the region that was making inroads in successive Basic Education Certificate Examinations (BECE).
"We believe if they are well resourced, the sky will be their limit," he noted and assured the school of the company's continuous support.
Mr Kansanga, who is also an old boy of the school, appealed to authorities of the school to put the items to productive use while urging the pupils to eschew all forms of social vices and spend quality time on their studies for a bright future.
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He used the opportunity to educate the children on the need to adopt good environmental practices such as keeping their environment clean and also planting more trees to protect the ecosystem.
Also present at the ceremony were some personnel from the Ghana Education Service (GES), the PTA Chairman of the school and some old students.
Receiving the items on behalf of the school, the Headmaster, Mr Benjamin Dery, expressed his profound gratitude to the staff and management of HS+E Consulting Ghana Limited for the kind gesture.
He assured the team that the items would be put to good use and that their doors were always opened for such assistance.
The headmaster outlined some of the school’s challenges such as inadequate furniture for pupils, the lack of ICT laboratory and computers, which he said had completely cut pupils from taking practical lessons in ICT.
Mr Dery said teachers lacked a decent common room and added that inadequate reading materials at the school's library were limiting the pupils’ scope in research.
He, therefore, called on other organisations and philanthropists to emulate the company's gesture to complement the efforts of the government to create a conducive environment for teaching and learning.