Kamis, 17 Januari 2013


THE government of Japan has made available a grant of $118,891 to Source Trust Ghana, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), for the construction of facilities for the Aserewadi Primary School in the Waasa Amenfi East District in the Western Region.

The project, which will be executed in collaboration with Meiji Company Limited, a chocolate confectionary company in Japan, entails the construction of a six-unit classroom block with staff offices and a two-unit urinal.

The classroom block is estimated to accommodate 200 pupils, with appropriate academic facilities, upon completion.

The school currently has an old dilapidated three-unit structure which is partitioned with wooden panels to serve seven classes, including a kindergarten.

This, therefore, hinders class activities as neighbouring classes are heard loudly from one another over the wooden partitions.

Apart from the deteriorating structure, the overcrowded condition of the school has also discouraged many children from pursuing their basic education within the community.

Addressing the media at a ceremony in Accra yesterday, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr Naoto Nikai, said the grant was sourced from the Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project (GGHSP) Scheme that assists grassroot level development projects.

“It is a small-scale assistance for basic needs for human security purposes from the people of Japan to communities in Ghana,” he explained.

He said providing better educational facilities would help improve enrolment figures in the school and raise the standard of education.

 “It will give the pupils the needed foundation towards better community development,” he said.

Mr Nikai also urged other stakeholders to put in efforts that would ensure the success of the project.

The Director of Source Trust Ghana, Mr Vince McAleer, lauded the support of the people of Japan towards the development of the school.

He said the project would further enhance the relationship between Ghana and Japan.

In his remarks, a representative from the Meiji Company Limited, Mr Yoshinori Doi, said the organisation would provide support for the purchase of furniture for the school.

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