Old students of the Winkogo Primary School in the Talensi District have renovated the alma mater which cost them over GHc.62,000.00.
The school, for the past years, has suffered neglect from successive governments. Due to the dilapidated structure, some of the classrooms were being used as sleeping grounds for mentally challenged people and drug abusers.
Handing over the renovated structure to the headmistress, secretary to the old students who doubles as Assembly Member of the area, Edward Akolgo indicated that the initiative became necessary due to the near collapse of the school.
“…the structure of the school was not encouraging enough for its operation. It was nearly closed by the education board. We all here can remember the deplorable state of the school some few years back and as a result of this, children were seen removed from this school to other schools by their parents and guardians not only on nonperformance but the state. Then, teachers were also feeling the brunt because the environment was not safe for effective teaching and learning. To salvage this deplorable situation old students of this school prudently created a common platform to solicit support and as well ideas which attracted members from far and near, suggestions were made for a formation of an interim executive to work towards the attainment of our collective decision. Initially, we tabled our proposal before the management of GES in 2019 and the proposal was given the needed support. In the same year 2019, we started the project with our little contributions and here we are today.”
The school he added has received one hundred and fifty (150 ) metal mono-furniture.
“We also donated 6 sets of tables and chairs to teachers. Electricity has been connected to the school to boost the teaching of ICT and other teaching and learning that require electric power, changing all the doors and windows to metal. We also provided all 6 classrooms with maker boards. All the above-mentioned costs are over GHc.62,000.00 which does not include non-cash donations. 28 packs of Aluzinc and 100 bags were also donated to us for the works.”
The headmistress of the school, Reverend Madam Goldia Pwatirah however, assured the old students of using the donated materials for their rightful purpose.
“We are so delighted and I will assure you all that these materials have come at the right time and we will use them for their purposes.”
The District Director of the Ghana Education Service, Christiana Azure also called on the old students to continue the kind gesture as the service will always be ready to partner with them in executing initiatives such as this.
Meanwhile, the Secretary also hinted that “We as a community are ready to start with our police station project and plead with them to support and partner with us to accomplish it.”
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