The Atwima Mponua Rural Bank Limited at Toase in the Atwima Nwabiagya district of Ashanti Region has handed over a six-classroom block to the District Education Directorate through the chiefs and community leaders of the Toase community.
The six-classroom block was solely financed by the bank and has been completed and furnished with sets of dual desks and teachers’ tables and chairs as well as white marker boards in all the classrooms, which are fitted with lights and ceiling-fans to make teaching and learning more comfortable.
The Board Chairman, Mr. John Swanzy – who presented the keys to Nana Adwoa Kyeiwaa Adepa III, the queen mother of Toase, on behalf of the bank – said the donation forms part of the bank’s corporate social responsibility and hoped that it will serve the intended purpose of improving education in the district and its adjoining towns and communities.
Officials of the bank say they needed to put up the six-unit classroom block to widen the scope of educational support given to only the brilliant but needy. According to the board, providing a facility like this will give an equal opportunity to a lot more children in the community to have access to quality education. In spite of this, the bank is still offering scholarships to some brilliant but needy students to make the educational support more impactful.
In acknowledging the kind gesture of the bank, Nana Adwoa Kyeiwaa Adepa III, the queen mother of Toase, was grateful for the support the bank has given the community over the years.
She emphasised that the bank is able to support the community through the profit it makes, and further advised people of the community to save and do business with the bank so that it can make more profits to continue supporting the community.
The Board Chairman of the Bank, Mr. John Swanzy, reiterated the very important reasons why the bank makes such a committment to education in its operational territories.
The bank also has an added objective of contributing immensely to the development of human resource capacity in its catchment areas, and believes that the total development of any community begins with educational development.
He further advised leadership of the school to ensure regular and timely maintenance of the facility to ensure its sustainability.
The CEO of the Bank, Alhaji Issah Mogtari, said it was with great delight and a matter of necessity for both management and board to attend the school’s call against the background that education is essential to national development. According to him, the bank believes that an investment in such projects will make an impact on people in the communities and also help achieve rapid and holistic transformation of the community and the entire nation.
The bank in 2010 embarked on a journey toward supporting the Toase M/A Basic School with a six (6)-classroom block under the initiative of late-Toasehene, Hon. Captain Nana Asiama Poku Afrifa ll. The Board of Directors both past and present have fulfilled their pledge and handed the project over to Ghana Education Service through Nananom of Toase Stool.