The Amenfiman Rural Bank Limited has constructed and handed over a 14-seat WC facility to the Asankragwa Senior High School at Asankragwa, in the Amenfi West Municipality of the Western Region.
The initiative comes with a great relief to the management of the School after many years of lacking decent sanitation facilities, and 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 colorful ceremony to hand over the project to school authorities, a member of the bank’s Board of Directors, Mr. Edmund Afful, acknowledged the bank’s commitment to offering such community support which is dear to the heart of its directors.
He said the bank is owned by the people, and therefore it is important that part of the profit be committed to developing 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 so all can benefit. He observed that the bank envisages doing more for the people, but will be encouraged by the way projects it undertakes are maintained by recipient 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 for the benefit of 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 it is celebrating its 60th anniversary, and supporting it in the area of sanitation.
The project fitted with a reliable stand-by water tank, which among others is also geared toward helping realise the global aim of encouraging 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 emphasises ‘Clean water and sanitation’. It reckons that water scarcity affects more than 40 percent of people, an alarming figure that is projected to rise along with temperatures. 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 authorities of the school to be abreast with 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 also 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.