Accra, 9th March, 2012 - The MTN Ghana Foundation today commissioned a four unit classroom block, office and store for the Obeyeyie Anglican Basic School in the Ga-West District of Amasaman in the Greater Accra region.
The facility which was constructed at the cost of GH¢57,781.00 upon a request by the Jonata Foundation is aimed at making quality education accessible to the Obeyeyie community and surrounding communities.
The provision of the four unit classroom block, office and store by MTN will help put at least three hundred and twenty (320) more children in school and thereby reduce the increasing rate of absenteeism, school dropouts, child labour and trafficking, and other vices in and around the community.
Mrs. Nabilla Williams, Board Member of MTN Ghana Foundation, stated that MTN recognises that education serves as the bedrock for the development of every society, and that the provision of quality education is a collaborative effort of both government and the private sector and that is why the company continues to invest in the country’s educational sector.
“Making quality education accessible to all however cannot be achieved singlehandedly by government but through collaborative efforts with individuals and corporate entities. We at MTN recognise this reality and that is why as a conscientious corporate citizen we continue to support national efforts at bringing quality education closer to our communities. We believe that our continuous investments in the country’s educational sector will help raise educational standards across the country and ensure that there is equity in development,” Mrs. Williams said.
Inspired by the name of the town, Obeyeyie, which simply means that it shall be well, MTN assured the people of the community that there is indeed hope for the people if they take advantage of the classroom block that the Foundation has provided. MTN therefore encouraged parents and guardians to enrol their wards in the school so as to optimise the benefits of the facility to secure a good future for their children.
MTN then challenged the youth of the community to take their studies seriously so they could become prominent and responsible people in the country.
MTN also used the commissioning ceremony to reaffirm its commitment to continue supporting the development and delivery of quality education in the country; adding that the Foundation has, since 2007, spent over GH¢4.7million in the provision of educational facilities such as classroom blocks and teaching and learning materials and facilities throughout the country, the most recent of which include a modern library facility for the Tsito Senior High Technical School and a 3-unit classroom block for the Akatsi ARS Basic School. MTN also indicated that the Foundation is currently supporting the Akropong School for the Blind with a 16-unit dormitory block with 20 desktops for ICT laboratory and a 33 sitter Coaster School bus and 10 ICT Centres of Learning in all the 10 regions in the country.
MTN assured the good people of Ghana that the network remains focused on its commitment to provide quality telecommunication products and services to its cherished subscribers to enable them enjoy the best mobile experience in their business and social communications whilst undertaking these social interventions.
MTN expressed gratitude to the Jonata Foundation, the traditional leaders of Obeyeyie, Assembly Members, the authorities of Obeyeyie Anglican Basic School and the whole community for their cooperation and support in making the classroom block a reality.