Tamale, 6th July, 2011- MTN Ghana Foundation today celebrated another feat in the MTN/AED-CEDEM project with the distribution of yellow packs to 1,630 pupils drawn from five beneficiary schools as part of the company’s determination to improve the standard of education in the northern region.
The five beneficiary schools include Tiyumba DA Primary “A”, Choggu Demonstration “A”, Shishegu Zion, Vitting Ansuariya Primary and the St. Gabriel Roman Catholic schools all in the Tamale metropolis. Each pupil received a yellow pack containing an exercise book, a pen, a pencil, an eraser and a pocket of crayon. The project which was launched in July 2008 is expected to be completed by July 2012. After the first year of its introduction the project is estimated to have caused a 9% increase in enrolment in the beneficiary schools.
In a speech read on her behalf, the Board Member of the MTN Ghana Foundation, Mrs. Nabila Williams said the project was launched some two (2) years ago with the purpose of helping deprived communities, particularly in the northern regions, have access to quality education. According to her, the MTN/AED-CEDEM project “is an all-encompassing educational intervention aimed at encouraging all stakeholders in the education sector – parents, teachers and pupils – to give out their best towards improving teaching and learning schools”.
Mr. S. Y. Manu, Executive Director of the Centre for Educational Development, Evaluation and Management (CEDEM) commended the MTN Ghana Foundation for the support given to his outfit to help improve teaching and learning in the selected schools. He confirmed that the project had achieved considerable success and challenged authorities of the beneficiary schools to encourage the students to attach more importance to their studies.
On his part, Mr. San Nassamu Asabigi, the Deputy Northern Regional Minster praised the MTN Ghana Foundation for supporting government towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals, particularly in the area of education. He pleaded with the Foundation to extend the project to other needy communities in the region and further encouraged the students to take ICT education more seriously to enable them rise above the challenges of the global world which he noted was technologically driven.
The MTN Ghana foundation has so far spent over GHC 4,345,438.00 on health and education in the country since its establishment in 2007. It has supported 21 education projects and 12 health project across the country. In the northern region, a number of the MTN Foundation projects are underway for commencement and commissioning and some of them include the Zujung 6-unit classroom block, the Tamale Secondary School project, the ICT Learning center in Tolon, etc.