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MTN constructs GH¢155,000 school block for Zujung

2011-12-27 19:35:21
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As part of its corporate social responsibility programme (CSR), mobile telecommunications giant MTN, has commissioned a newly-constructed six-unit classroom block with office and store at Zujung, a peri-urban community in the Tamale Metropolis.

The GH¢155,000 project, was intended to create a conducive environment for effective teaching and learning, and also encourage the enrolment of children from the Zujung community into the school.

According to Ms. Cynthia Lumor, Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation (an agency established to handle CSR activities of the telecom company), MTN was proud to partner with the Ghana Education Service to achieve two of the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

She explained that the MDGs two and eight sought to “Achieve universal primary education,” and “Developing a global partnership for development” respectively, by the year 2015.

The projects, which include improving literacy and numeracy in five basic schools in Tamale, construction of Kumasi Improved Ventilation Pits (KVIPs), streetlights, and presentation of sporting equipment to the Tamale Senior High School, a 20-seater ICT centre with a full office set-up for the Tolon community, and the construction of a six-unit classroom with office and store, all in the Northern Region, had also been constructed by the Foundation.

In a related development, the MTN-Ghana Foundation also performed a ground-breaking ceremony at Kanvilli Presbyterian Basic School, where it would construct a three-unit classroom block, and an ICT centre for the school.

According to officials of the school, the construction of the three-unit classroom block comes at a time each class has as much as 110 students per teacher, and the situation posed serious health hazards to the children, and also affected the quality of tuition and learning.

Meanwhile, statistics from the Ghana Education Service show that in the 2009 and 2010 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), the Tamale Metropolis obtained the 89th and 103rd positions, in terms of ranking among all 170 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) nationwide.

The Coordinating Director of the Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Mr. John B. Atogiba, commended MTN-Ghana Foundation for its efforts to bridge the poverty gap between the North and South of the country through formal education.

He disclosed that the assembly, from 2009 to date, has provided 49 educational projects costing GH¢7,898,513.41, as well as other sanitation and water facilities for schools in the metropolis.


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