John Bunyan once said “you have not lived until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.” This is the driving force behind ASCG’s annual charity events which started in 2014 with a donation to Osu Remand Home. In 2015, donations were made to the Kumasi Children’s Hospital. This year, the Club took a step further by donating to Nyame Nti, a suburb of Akyem Akroso in the Eastern Region to give the school building a face-lift, paint the school and also donate items to the school.
Arsenal supporters club Ghana believes that Education is the spine of this nation. A nation that does not know where it is heading towards must ask the machine that produces the populace who drive the nation: until we fix our education, we shall always have a wrong education and we shall always see a wrong nation. Without good education the nation has no future.
Arsenal Ghana supporters club raised funds through contributions from its members in the various regions of the country to help paint the Nyame Nti M/A school and other learning materials to enable the deprived community enjoy the learning process in education to match with those in urban areas.
Nyame Nti M/A school is the only school in the community serving the entire Nyame Nti Township. The school is in a deplorable state, hasn’t seen renovation since it was built in 1992 and seriously lacks basic necessities of education. The school admits pupils from class one to Junior High School and has a pupil population of about 300 with only six (6) classrooms including the staff common room and a library.
The pupils are put in three (3) classes. i.e. (classes 1-3 share one classroom, classes 4-6 also share one classroom, JHS 1 & 2 share another classroom, and JHS 3 pupils have their class outside the classroom.
Currently, only seven (7) are in the school teaching from class one to JHS 3. Most teachers posted to the school end up abandoning their post due to poor conditions of service and the school and the transportation hardship involved. Teachers have to go to school on motor bikes (popularly called okada) which is mostly dangerous when it rains due to the poor nature of the road leading to the town and school.
Teachers on most occasions have to contribute from their meagre salaries to help maintain the school infrastructure as help does not come from anywhere. The school lacks portable drinking water, stationery, electricity, Teaching and Learning Materials, toilet facilties among many others.
Arsenal supporters club Ghana donated Stationery, building materials (paints, cements and building blocks), detergents, First Aid kit, and one desktop computer to the school. These items were received by the chief of the community and the headmaster on behalf of the school.
Speaking at the presentation, the chief and the headmaster both thanked the club for its kind gesture and prayed for the success of the club and its members and asked for more support from other stakeholders.
Also, speaking at the presentation of Nyame Nti M/A School, Arsenal supporter’s club chairman, Mr, Mohammed Fahd urged the pupils to take their studies very serious.
“There is a saying that, show me the heroes that the youth in your country look up to and I will tell you the future of your country. I am saying this because you are the future of this country and I encourage you to study hard and become the next leaders of this country.” Mr. Mohammed stated in his speech.
According to the Chairman, Arsenal supporters club Ghana have only done forty percent needs of the pupils of Nyame Nti MA School.
He concluded by saying that the Club and the pupils of Nyame Nti M/A school will appeal to the Ministry of Education, Ghana Education Service (GES), corporate institutions and major stakeholders in the educational sector to come to the aid of the school and give it a facelift into a conducive and a better place for learning.