The Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) has handed over a fully furnished six unit classroom block to the management of Tamale Senior High School (Tamasco) in Tamale, the Northern Regional capital as part of efforts to improve infrastructure in the school.
The block, constructed by the GNPC Foundation, forms part of the state-owned company’s corporate social responsibility and is expected to contribute towards enhancing quality education. The classrooms are fully furnished with 240 mono desks, six whiteboards, and dual desks as well as office furniture for teaching staff.
Speaking at the ceremony on Tamasco campus, the Executive Director for the GNPC Foundation, Dr. Dominic Kwesi Eduah said, GNPC foundation has taken bold step to ensure that education becomes accessible to every Ghanaian child.
According to him, the foundation has implemented 270 projects across the country since its inception and with several others in the pipeline.
“In the next five years, we hope to impact more than 10 million Ghanaians through our projects which fall under three thematic areas – education and training, economic empowerment and environment and social amenities,” he said.
The Sagnerigu Municipal Director of Education, Madam Samata Mahama, commended GNPC Foundation for the support, adding that there was the need for continued collaboration to maximise efforts.
She further urged the staff and students to take care of the facility and also take advantage of the facility to study hard to achieve their am for being in the school.
She reiterated the commitment of the Ghana Education Service to provide the needed infrastructure to enhance quality education. She so called on other corporate organisations to support government to achieve the set aim.
The Headmaster of Tamasco Rev Edward Azeka thanked the Foundation for coming to the aid of the school. He said that the classroom block will go a long way to accommodate many of the students.
He said the facility came at a time needed to accommodate the students to reduce the congestion in the current classroom.
“The Free Senior High School programme has led to the increase in enrolment that has posed challenge to the current facilities in the schools and so there is the need to increase the infrastructure in schools to avoid the overcrowding in the classrooms,” he said.