The Amenfiman Rural Bank Limited has constructed and handed over a 14-seater WC facility to the Asankragwa Senior High School, at Asankragwa, in the Amenfi West Municipality of the Western Region.
The initiative which comes with great relief to the management of the School, many years after lacking a decent sanitation facility, was facilitated as part of the Bank’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities which coincided with the School’s 60th Anniversary launch.
At a short but colourful ceremony to handover the project to the school authorities, a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank, Mr. Edmund Afful, acknowledged the commitment of the Bank to offer such community support which is dear to the heart of the directors of the bank.
He said the bank is owned by the people therefore it was important that part of the profit is committed to developing the communities within the catchment areas while also empowering the people, particularly the youth.
Mr. Afful, however, entreated the school to endeavour to maintain the facility to benefit all. He observed that the Bank envisages to do more for the people but would be encouraged by the way projects they undertake are maintained by the communities.
The Headmaster of Asankragwa SHS, Mr. Victor Yanney, while expressing gratitude to the Bank for the project, noted that everything possible will be done to maintain the facility, to the benefit of the current students and those to be admitted in future.
He expressed his profound gratitude to the Board for taking such an initiative to support the School particularly when the school is celebrating its 60th anniversary and supporting the school in the area of sanitation.
The project fitted with a reliable standby water tank, among others is also geared towards helping to realise the global efforts to encourage good and sustainable environmental practices, in order to have a healthy ecosystem.
In 2017, it emerged that about 7,332 out of the 20,738 public basic schools in the country did not have toilet facilities, while 6,922 did not have urinal facilities, according to the Education Management Information System (EMIS) for 2016-2017 academic year.
More precisely, Sustainable Development Goal 6, emphasizes “Clean water and sanitation.” It reckons that water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise as temperatures do. Although 2.1 billion people have improved water sanitation since 1990, dwindling drinking water supplies are affecting every continent.
Addressing teachers and students at the launch of the 60th-anniversary celebration of Asankragwa SHS, the CEO of Amenfiman Rural Bank Limited, Dr. Alexander Asmah who is an old student, said that the School has had major infrastructural challenges for the past few years.
He particularly mentioned the abandoned assembly hall complex and dining hall among other infrastructure, staffing, encroachment and securing the boundaries of the school.
Dr. Asmah advised the authorities of the School to be abreast of the growing trends in teaching and learning such as the use of robotics and computing as well as exposing the students to these global trends because they are not only competing with their peers locally but those around the world.
Dr. Asmah further called on his fellow old students both home and abroad to put their collective skills and resources together to build their alma mater Asanco.