Gold Fields honors Teachers in its operational area
Gold Fields Ghana Limited has awarded 30 teachers and two past circuit supervisors in its operational area for being committed, dedicated and have contributed to improving upon the level of education in the area.
They received various items such as deep freezers, table top refrigerators, double decker refrigerators, LCD television sets, microwaves and blenders among others.
Also, 11 schools in the catchment area also received two jumbo size polytank each to store their water.
Mr George Hagan, Acting General Manager, Gold Fields Ghana Limited, Tarkwa Mine at the maiden edition of the Teachers’ Award ceremony which also coincided with the Mines’ Consultative Committee Meeting at Tarkwa in the Western Region said, the company is committed to sustainably improving the socio-economic development in its operational area.
“Areas of development that the Gold Fields Ghana Foundation support includes health, water and sanitation, infrastructure, skills development training for the youth as well as education and agriculture” he said.
For this year alone, he said the company is spending $1,700,000 – about a third of this amount goes into education, from Pepesa, through Huniso, Tebe, Abekoase, Samahu to New Atuabo, Akoon and Brahabobom, we have improved on school infrastructure and teacher’s quarters among others.
Besides infrastructure, he said Gold Fields has also increased access to education by providing scholarships and bursaries to young men and women who otherwise will not have attained second cycle education.
“Since 2005, over 1,000 youth within our host communities have benefitted from the scholarship scheme – for 2016/2017 academic year, we will be awarding 150 people with scholarship and bursaries” he added.
He explained that in 2012, Gold Fields Ghana Foundation introduced a pilot support scheme for teachers in two out of the 11 schools in it host communities as a form of motivation – in 2015 alone, the amount spent on 64 teachers in the two schools was $33,510.00, thus leaving a greater chunk of about 181 teachers who are equally working harder even in harsher condition.
According to him, the obvious thing to do was to review the previous support program to make it more inclusive and competitive hence, the introduction of the teachers’ ward.
“Today, we celebrate you, teachers, not only because you have worked hard in your school but have gone through stringent and comprehensive assessment to come out as the best”, he said.
Mrs Anasthasia Kuntaa, Municipal Director of Education in an address read for her commended the company for always engaging the stakeholders and communities in its catchment area before the project takes off.
“The best teacher award initiative, is the first of its kind by a mining community in the country – I urged all mining companies to emulate the example of Gold Fields Ghana Limited, “she said.
He noted that teaching is a sacrificial job and they deserve to be motivated – motivation is a key that opens the heart of teachers to go beyond what is expected.
He encouraged the teachers to give off their best and thanked the company for their immense contribution towards the socio-economic development of the communities in which they operate.
Dr Nana Adarkwa Bediako II, Gyasehene of A pinto Divisional Council, said the maiden edition of the teachers’ award is laudable and urged teachers in the area to worker harder to improve the performance of the students in the area.