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BOOSTING EDUCATION THROUGH CULTURE – US Volunteer Coordinator

A VOLUNTARY COODINATIOR connected to the United States of American Volunteers Association – Ghana, Mrs. Winifred Godfred, has said that, the less privileged children especially in the rural areas along the coast line of Ghana could be enticed to education through cultural displays.

She said culture of ages is powerful and possesses the spirit of attraction, pleasure and illumination that is needed to get people together at a particular time for a particular purpose and its effect brings about education in various sphere to benefit of every individual.

She disclosed this information at a welcome ceremony in respect of two (2) American Volunteers posted to Kpogunor D/A Basic School in the Dangme West District last Monday.

The Intern Student Teachers, who are to spend three weeks, are to take the pupils through intensive teaching and learning in various academic subjects aiming at refreshing their minds and adding new ones to it.

They were received amidst drumming and dancing featured by Old – Nungo Cultural troop incorporated with songs in the traditional cultural systems.

Mrs. Winifred Godfred, in her speech urged parents to send their children  to school whatever conditions they go through because that is their (the children) future and they will reciprocate that in times of old age. She laid emphasis on male education in the coast ;lines who are mostly introduced to fishing instead of education,  promising to assist them further if they take more interest in education than fishing, adding that this could be done by the help of the parents.

The Head teacher of the school thanked the Government and the District Assembly for supplying all the 450 pupils with school uniforms and also constructing a KVIP for the school.

He however said, though those items are important the school lack classrooms for children in the Nursery, Basic and Junior High School departments.

According to him, the Junior High has only one classroom building which has been roofed by the Volunteer’s coordinator. “The rest,” he said, “have reached footing level and needed to be raised to the final stage for the others to occupy.

“Though we teach ICT, there is no single computer for practical works; we have no computer lab, no library for the pupils and no desks to write on. And the worse of all, the teachers are resident amongst the community without bungalow”, he said.

He pleaded with the Government, and District Assembly to assist the school to enable consistent and efficient teaching and learning.

The newly elected Assemblyman for Mangotsonya, Ayetepa, Kpornya and Lotsubuer Electoral Area, Hon. Alex Teye Djimeh spoke vividly about the poor nature of the road from Awhiam to Lotsubuer all in the Dangme West District

He said this scares most merchants who are in consumer goods like maize and others, thus, making cost of living difficult. More so, he said heavy trucks add to the bad nature of the road and wished the Assembly address the problem.

He pleaded for extension of electricity to some deprived areas of the communities aforementioned to enable life go on meaningfully.

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