The Greek Minister of Defence, Mr Nikos Dendias, has revisited the St Nicholas Charity Foundation in Tema Newtown, expressing his commitment to assisting in the construction of a football pitch.
The visit follows his earlier one this year, where he had already taken a keen interest in the foundation.
During the visit, Mr Dendias pledged support for developing sports facilities, stating, “The Minister promised to assist in building a football pitch in the future.” This proposed football pitch will complement the ongoing construction of a basketball court.
Impressed by the foundation's dedication to the motto “EVERY CHILD DESERVES AN EDUCATION,” the Minister reiterated his commitment to supporting educational initiatives in Ghana. The visit occurred during the United National Ministerial Summit on Peace Operations in Ghana.
Despite a tight schedule, Mr Dendias and his delegation, including the Greek Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Athanasios Kotsionis, and Mr Evangelis Ntemiris ADC, took time to witness the progress at the school firsthand.
Traditional welcomes, cultural displays, and church service were part of the visit, showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the region.
The Minister toured the basketball court under construction, intended to be named after Greek basketball player Giannis Antetokounmpo.
He commended the recent graduates of St Nicholas junior secondary for passing their Basic Education Certificate Examination, emphasizing the importance of education in disadvantaged conditions.
Former Ghanaian footballers of the Greek team Olympiakos, Peter Oforikwe and Kofi Abonsa, pledged to organize football workshops for the school children.
Dr Evangelos Kyriakidis of The Heritage Management Organisation, supported by the Mellon Foundation, attended, initiating a three-year capacity development program for heritage management in Ghana.
Deborah Eleazar, Trustee of the UK registered charity supporting the foundation, expressed gratitude to the Minister and the school's founders for their continuous support. Ongoing fundraisers in the UK and the USA aim to secure the running costs for 2024.
Discussions arose about the potential for a study on the school's origins and results to serve as a blueprint for other marginalized areas.