Saiwest Limited (an integrated service company in the oil and gas industry) has presented learning materials and furniture to basic schools at Shama in the Western Region.
The items include 1,000 assorted primary school text books, 1000 dual desks, 100 tables and chairs for teachers (sets), 20 sets of sport jerseys, 20 desktop computers, and 10 footballs as well as 10 volley-balls.
Mr. Guure Brown Gurre, Stakeholder Relations Manager-Saiwest Limited, explained that the company initiate programmes designed to improve the livelihood of deprived communities where it operates.
“One such initiative is the proposed sustainability project aimed at providing relief to some 2,000 schoolchildren, by way of seating, desks and learning materials, to enhance teaching and learning,” he said.
“I believe these dual desks will relieve the schoolchildren who had no seat to sit on and were sitting on the bare floor, and I urge the management of various beneficiary schools to put the items to good use,” he added.
“Working within the district, we promised to do our work in a manner that does not cause harm, and we have done so: we have also engaged 60% of the locals since inception of our project,” he pointed out.
Mr. Joseph Amoah, District Chief Executive, said education forms the bedrock of every nation’s development.
“As empirical evidence has shown, education should be taken seriously by all; successive governments have introduced a lot of interventions aimed at improving education in the country,” he said.
He expressed gratitude to Saiwest Limited for such an initiative: “Development is a collective responsibility, and I therefore urge other companies within the district to emulate such a shining example.
“I encourage other organisations to support the district in areas such as health, agriculture, sports and sanitation, among others, for accelerated growth to the benefit of all,” he said.
Madam Efua Amoakoah-Quansah, Educational Director for Shama district, said the dual-desks will add to the seating capacity of pupils in the various schools.
“These items will go a long way to build up our library, sporting activities among others; we will monitor the use of these items to ensure they areput to good use,” she said.