The Ghana UK-Based Achievement Awards (GUBA) Foundation has donated 100 study desks and three cupboards to the Tolon Senior High School, located in the Tolon-Kumbungu district in the North Region of Ghana.
The gesture was a reaction to a report by Joy News’ Hashmin Mohammed, which captured the school’s deplorable condition, which students had been forced to live in due to inadequate facilities.
The students, the reporter said, had been compelled to resort to squatting or using gallons as makeshift chairs to enjoy teaching.
Moved by the report, GUBA Foundation, a subsidiary of GUBA Enterprise, organised 100 desks and three cupboards for donation to the school last Friday.
Presenting the study desks, GUBA Enterprise CEO and Founder, Dentaa Amoateng MBE, said the organisation could not afford to look on without doing anything about the situation of the students.
"It is incredibly amazing to be able to play a part in helping this school. Education is very important and a conducive learning environment is even more crucial,” she said.
Mrs Amoateng added, “GUBA Foundation is very glad to be able to help these 200 students to be in an environment where they can concentrate on their studies without thinking about furniture.”
She was grateful to the British High Commission in Accra for aiding the GUBA Foundation to organise the items.
Headmistress of the school, Susanna Pharti Braimah, commended the GUBA Foundation for the donation, which she said would go a long way to ease the stress of students.
She noted the donation was very timely and a great relief to the board, management, staff, parents and most especially, the students of the school.
The headmistress said the school has a large population totalling 2,343 students even though it’s a rural school.
Madam Braimah called on the government, corporate bodies, Non-governmental organizations and philanthropists to come to the aid of the school.
The Member of Parliament for Tolon, Wahab Suhuyini who was also in attendance thanked the Foundation for its rapid response.
“I am equally delighted to be present this morning to witness the donation of furniture to Tolon Senior High by the GUBA Foundation. I see today to be a very important day in the life to Tolon Senior High and I urge you all to take proper care of the furniture,” he said.
He said the government has a program to provide furniture to all the secondary schools across the country and it would commence in earnest.
Also present at the ceremony were: The Assistant Headmaster of the School, Mr. Abraham Parko; PTA Chairman, Mr. Adam Nashiru, and DCE for Tolon Madam Yajuvu Barikisu. Alhassan D Baba, Hasia Yakubu, Waliyu Hassan and Mohammed Iddrisu, from Joy News were also present to cover the day’s event.