Total Petroleum Ghana has partnered with United Way Ghana, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) to coach some pupils within the Greater Accra and Ashanti regions on peer influence, goal setting, personal hygiene, among others.
In all, some 250 pupils from the Al Waleed Comprehensive and 200 pupils Adukrom Presby Basic schools in Accra and Kumasi respectively benefitted from the coaching exercise which saw almost 35 staff and volunteers from Total Energies and United Way Ghana sensitising them on time management, sex education and life after Junior High School (JHS).
Story books were given to the pupils from the Adukrom Presby Basic School to inculcate in them the habit of reading.
The activity is part of a progamme dubbed ‘TotalEnergies ActionProgram’ meant for staff to be able to dedicate three working days each year to be able to serve in the community.
Human Resource Manager & Ethics Officer for Total Energies, Bright Dokosi, elaborated more on the TotalEnergies Action Program to the B&FT on the sidelines of the event.
“This covers areas such as education for children, things that focus on the environment like cleaning of plastic waste, and also afforestation. For the first quarter, we are here. The second quarter will be the tree planting. We will do it in such a way that we will be involving the schools and in the third quarter we will be moving to the beaches to clear off the plastics,” he noted.
Impact Lead for United Way Africa, Faustina Abbey, indicated that the kind gesture to the pupils is to give them some tips on how to succeed in life as well as in their academics.
“This is the time they need that education so that at least they know when to learn. We are here to guide them that so that even if you do not go to SHS and you are at home with your parents, you need to help them. We are giving every child here a guide on how they can improve their personal lives,” she said.
HeadteacherGhana Education Service must ensure schools follow excursion procedures -Part 2 for Al Waleed Comprehensive Basic school, Martin Kpadunu, expressed optimism that the coaching exercise will go a long way to benefit the pupils. He further called on Ghana Education Service (GES) to engage more corporate organisations to hold such activities for public schools in the country.
“It’s a very good programme, the children are very grateful this is their second visit to the school. The children are used the teachers but when they see outsiders who are like role models coming to interact with them, it helps a lot. So, for us, it is a great programme and we really appreciate it.
GES has it in the new curriculum. We are supposed to have programmes like this where the children can have resource persons to interact with, learn from their experience, and through that, shape their lives to become better persons in future. If GES will find a way of talking to the companies around so that from time to time they come and interact with them,” he emphasised.