For the Yawhima SDA KG, Primary, and Junior High Schools at Sunyani in the Bono Region, the Sunyani Central Rotary Club has commissioned a four-unit classroom block with ancillary facilities and three sets of ten-unit micro flush toilets.
The $59,696 initiative is a collaboration between four Rotary Districts and five Rotary Clubs in the United States.
The new facilities, which replace a dilapidated wooden structure and broken toilets, will provide a healthy and conducive teaching and learning environment for over 520 students, 120 of whom are in Kindergarten.
A 10-unit micro flush toilet will be provided for each of the Kindergarten, Primary, and Junior High sections of the school, ensuring access to clean and environmentally friendly places of convenience. It would also aid in improving the school's sanitation.
The Club also announced that they would set up a learning center with computers and a projector, as well as textbooks focused on the current curriculum for both KG and primary schools, WASH education, and a school health coordinator to teach students personal hygiene.
The Rotary Club of Sunyani Central President Patricia Kwantemaa Effah, speaking ahead of the commissioning, said they had to act because the old structure required students to leave the classroom if it threatened to rain.
One of the Rotary Club's main focuses, she said, is basic education and literacy.
“The new structure will provide students with a positive learning environment, improved instruction, and learning aids, ensuring that students are excited to come to school,” she said.
Teachers were also urged to ensure that students kept the restrooms clean and instilled in them the habit of handwashing, particularly in this Covid-19 period.
Madam Effah promised that she would pay a surprise visit to the school to inspect the facilities and see how well they were being managed.
“In the end, it is anticipated that the toilet facilities and hygiene would go a long way toward improving the health of the students and teachers,” she said.
She revealed that Rotarians are not wealthy people; rather, their willingness to help the less fortunate in society motivates them to contribute to such ventures.
She urged locals to cultivate a spirit of service and assistance to the community, similar to the Rotary Club's slogan, "Service Above Self."
This, she believes, has the power to entice others to help them with their growth efforts.
Justina Owusu Banahene, the Bono Regional Minister who cut the sod for the construction last year as the Sunyani Municipal Executive, urged the group to follow the Rotary Clubs' method of contributing their widow's mite in a "susu" form to embark on other developmental projects to complement the government's efforts.
She believes that by issuing such a rallying cry, the community's growth and development needs will be met collectively.
He also urged the chiefs not to rush the selling of lands because it would make providing amenities difficult in the future as the population grows.
The Headmaster of Yawhimaa SDA KG and Primary School, Patrick Yaw Amoah, expressed gratitude for Rotary Club's gesture, noting that, unlike the old system, the new one would improve attendance and learning capabilities of the students.
He, on the other hand, requested more maintenance assistance because his primary school teachers lack tables and chairs.
Angela Osei Agyeiwaa, one of the many beneficiaries, said that passers-by and cars would no longer disrupt their concentration in the classroom, and thanked Rotary Club for ensuring that they have a good educational base.
The project complements other educational infrastructure in the Tain district, including the Club at Sunyani Estate experimental, JinijiniAbansre, Nkrankrom, and Sononasikwayidendenmu.
After a three-day in-service training, the club presented certificates to the kindergarten teachers and attendants.
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