ActionAid Ghana and its partner, Centre for Active Learning and Integrated Development (CALID) have constructed a 58,000 Ghana Cedi three unit classroom block for people of Daboshee, a deprived community in the Tamale Metropolis.
The project seeks to make quality education more accessible to the children in the community. Action Aid Ghana is simultaneously putting up three unit classroom blocks each in six deprived Communities in the Northern Region this year at the cost of over 300,000 Ghana Cedis.
The projects which are already completed spread across Juo, Wenchiki, Tuutingli, Boyukuom, Bole and Daboshee communities. It will offer opportunities to over 600 children to access basic education.At a durbar of Chief and people of Daboshee, the Northern Regional Programmes Manager of ActionAid Ghana, Yakubu Mohammed Saani bemoaned the teacher’s absenteeism, especially in the remote communities in Tamale.
According to him, the ill-behaviour of the teachers was affecting quality education in the more than 100 communities Action Aid Ghana was operating in the Northern Region. The Northern Regional Director of Education, Madam Elizabeth De-Souza appealed to Action Aid and other NGOs involved in building classrooms for communities to also consider the building of teacher’s accommodation, to enable the teachers to stay in the communities.
She said lack of accommodation was one of the major reasons why teachers absent themselves from schools. Commissioning the project, Mr. Sam Nasamu Asibigi, Deputy Northern Regional Minister who commended Action Aid and its partner for the gesture, said government would not also loose focus on providing educational facilities to further strengthen the Free Compulsory Basic Education (FCUBE) Policy.
The Deputy passionately appealed to the Chiefs, opinion leaders and parents in the Daboshee community and its environs to take full advantage of the facility to enroll their school going age children.
According to Mr. Nasamu, the community could develop steadily only when a chunk of its inhabitants were given the needed education.
Credit: Edmond Gyebi