David Atugiya and his friends are making a difference in the lives of students at Saint Joseph KG and primary school in the Soe community in the Bolgatanga Municipality by donating furniture to the school. The school has been faced with the challenge of inadequate furniture for its students, which has had a significant impact on the teaching and learning environment.
Recognizing this need, David Atugiya, a native of the Soe community, along with a group of friends, decided to take action by raising funds and purchasing 40 new dual desks for the primary school and 4 hexagonal tables for the KG.
David Atugiya said the decision to supply the school with furniture was to give back to the community that nurtured him into being a responsible person in society.
“When the two headmistresses introduced me to the classrooms and when I saw the children lying on their belies learning, I nearly wept. Because, I cannot see myself sleeping comfortably in my house while the children, who are the future leaders in my community, are studying without furniture. So, I decided to do something to appreciate the society that has brought me up because I owe it a duty to give back to society.”
He expressed optimism that the furniture will provide comfortable seating for the students and create a more conducive learning environment. He said this during a brief ceremony held at the school and witnessed by the students, teachers, and community members.
He said part of the Ghc35, 000.00 that was generated for the furniture project will be used to repair some broken furniture at the school.
“We are trying to repair about 50 broken chairs. I can assure you that I will make this school a model school. I will supply the school with computers to improve the teaching of ICT”, he added.
Headmistress of the primary school, Rebecca Akwara, recounted that the inadequate furniture that the school faced for the past 5 years had affected teaching and learning.
“The students lie on the floor to learn, and that makes it difficult for most teachers to bend down to assist them in class. I could remember a teacher tried to help a student on the floor, but it affected the person’s waist. The furniture situation affects enrollment. Recently, some children came for transfer, and when we told them that we didn’t have furniture, the parents took them away.
Mrs Akwara thanked Mr. Atugiya and his friends for the donation of the furniture, which she said will improve proper teaching and learning. She assured the donors that the furniture would be put to good use.
Beatrice Atule, a Local Manager of Catholic on behalf of the Bolgatanga Municipal Education Directorate, thanked the donors, David Atugiya, and friends for the support, which she said compliments the efforts the government is making to improve the sector. The community members expressed gratitude for the furniture and said it would positively impact the education of their wards.
Source: A1Radioonline.com|101.1Mhz|Joshua Asaah|Soe|Ghana