In September 2018, JoyNews published a story about two second-cycle school graduates from Kwayemu Dan-Nyame in the Ashanti Region who transformed an abandoned poultry farm into a school to help underprivileged children.
As two separate classes shared the dilapidated poultry farm, learning was equated to a shouting rivalry between teachers.
It's as easy as taking a move from one class to the next.
For the children of Kwayemu Dan-Nyame in Asante Akin central, a six-unit ultramodern classroom block has been commissioned today.
“To get to school, schoolchildren walked seven miles, which took around two to three hours.”
In 2018, Reverend Emmanuel Dela Tega said these sentences.
Reverend Tega had gone there for evangelism and had encountered the children's condition.
He called a meeting of the community leaders, and they agreed to turn a poultry farm into a school.
“We approached the owner of the abandoned poultry farm and requested that it be converted into a school.”
The school began with eight students in September 2016 and grew to 46 students in 2017.
They had learned to share their limited wealth. Classes one and two shared a room with no clear boundaries.
Lessons are taught at the same time.
There were children who had been exposed to formal education since birth.
None of them were dressed well for school or wore suitable sandals.
Their expressions, on the other hand, revealed a great deal of anxiety about obtaining an education.
The structure was inadequate, especially when it rained. The children's main desire was to climb cocoa trees, which nearly resulted in their eviction.
They'd learned to ignore the noise over time. And our cameras couldn't deter their eagerness to understand.
Class One students will transfer to the opposite side of the room for Class Two, rather than to the next class.
What was taught, as well as any other noise, filtered through the wooden structure's gaps.
Emmanuel Abugri and Theresa Aladago, two teachers who volunteered to teach at the school, were both graduates of the National Vocational Institute at Nalerigu and the Nalerigu Youth Leadership Training Institute in the NorthEast Region.
When we visited the school in 2018, it was almost noon, and the students sang a joyful song to welcome one woman who had agreed to provide uniforms and academic materials for the students.
Mrs. Theodosia Jackson stated that more should be done to improve the children's lives, especially the school system.
Theodosia Jackson had also offered to have the two teachers attend Jackson College of Education to further their education as teachers.
Parents at Kwayemu Dan-Nyame are determined to make the best of the school thanks to philanthropist Mrs. Theodosia Jackson's gesture.
“I felt compelled to come and support this group because of my great compassion. The path to the nearby school was poor, and the parents were afraid of leaving their children too far away from Obenimase.”
Parents were not taking their children to kindergarten, according to Mrs. Jackson. Rather, they were accompanying them to their cocoa plantations.
The school has toilet facilities for both students and teachers. It is equipped with a continuous water supply system as well as a kitchen for a regular canteen.
Nine student teachers were given full scholarships to Jackson College of Education to continue their education.
“There were a lot of issues because the kids were all in one room and the teaching wasn't going well.”
According to Emmanuel, the new school building is a welcome relief.
To empower the teachers, they are also given a monthly allowance for teaching at Kwayemu Dan-Nyame.
The principal is Richard Aboagye Frimpong.
“Through quality education, this will change the lives of the students. And we guarantee that we will do everything possible to provide high-quality education.”
To save the children from having to travel two hours to school, Reverend Emmanuel Dela Tega proposed using the abandoned poultry farm as a classroom.
“I am ecstatic. He said, "I was not expecting this building at all."
Mrs. Theodosia Jackson's outstanding assistance in breaking the unhealthy rural-urban divide in obtaining quality education has been lauded by residents.
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