In a significant move to improve the learning environment for students, the Akatsi North District in the Volta Region has presented a total of 250 dual desks to 22 selected basic schools within the district.
Mr Peter Simon Ofosu, the District Chief Executive (DCE), highlighted the importance of this gesture during an interaction with the Ghana News Agency following a brief presentation ceremony. He revealed that this initiative is part of the assembly's medium-term plan to ensure that a total of 1,000 pupils have access to school furniture by the end of the year.
“This marks the first phase of our furniture drive, benefitting 500 pupils, and the remaining 500 pupils will also benefit before the year ends,” he stated.
Mr Dominic Dzanado, the Director of Education for Akatsi North, expressed his gratitude to the assembly for the generous contribution and acknowledged the continuous support they receive from the assembly and the Member of Parliament for the area.
He noted that approximately 80% of the district's furniture deficit has been resolved and expressed optimism that the remaining issues would also be addressed soon.
Mr Dzanado outlined several challenges faced by the educational sector in the area, including a lack of office space for the Directorate, infrastructural deficits, poor community roads, and inadequate teaching and learning materials, among others.
He appealed to the DCE and other authorities to provide assistance to enhance the quality of education in the district.
In response, Mr Simon Ofosu reaffirmed his commitment, as well as the government's dedication, to promoting quality education in the area. He stated, “We have been receiving requests from schools for their academic and extracurricular activities, and we are gradually responding to some of their needs.”
He also emphasized that their office would not hesitate to tackle the challenges facing the educational sector, ensuring full access to education for Ghanaian students, as outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 4, which focuses on inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.
The desks have been officially handed over to the Education Directorate for distribution to the beneficiary schools, marking a significant step towards creating a conducive learning environment for students in the Akatsi North District.