Wife of the Vice-President, Mrs Samira Bawumia, has inaugurated a Kindergarten classroom block for the Agona Nyakrom Holy Q’uran Basic School in the Agona West Municipality in the Central Region.
The building replaces an old structure which the school had used for many years.
Mrs Bawumia inaugurated the building to mark ‘My First Day at School’ during which she also distributed reading books to five basic schools in the municipality to encourage reading among the schoolchildren.
The beneficiary schools are the Odom AME Zion School, Bosompa AMA School, Swedru Methodist A & B, Kwaman Catholic Basic and Nyakrom Holy Q’uran A and B.
Addressing the ceremony last Tuesday, Mrs Bawumia spoke about the importance of education at the basic level, saying pupils at that level needed all the support, encouragement and a conducive environment to prepare them for the next level of their educational ladder.
She encouraged teachers in the beneficiary schools to utilise the books donated to them to instil the reading culture in the pupils.
The Minister of State in charge of Tertiary Education, Professor Kwesi Yankah, said that the government had constructed a number of KG blocks in parts of the country to improve education at the pre-school level.
He announced that as part of the Secondary Education Improvement Programme (SEIP), the government would improve infrastructure at the Siddique Senior High School in Agona Nyakrom.
The Agona West Municipal Director of Education, Mrs Elizabeth Helen Essel, thanked Mrs Bawumia for the donations to the schools.
For her part, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Agona West, Mrs Justina Marigold Assan, said the supply of the books was a major intervention that would go a long way to improve the standard of education in the area.
The Second Lady is undertaking a number of projects under the Samira Empowerment Humanitarian Projects (SEHP), dubbed ‘Library in a Box’.
So far, some schools in the Greater Accra, Central, Eastern, Brong Ahafo, Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions have benefitted.
The project forms part of a programme to distribute about 50,000 reading books to some selected basic schools across the country.