The Lower Pra Rural Bank PLC has presented items to two institutions in the Shama district of the Western Region as part of activities marking the bank’s 40th anniversary celebrations.
The two institutions are Sekondi School for the Deaf (SEKDEAF) at Inchaban and the Sekondi Special School at Sofokrom. Items presented included gallons of cooking oil, bags of gari and beans, boxes of biscuits, assorted drinks as well as fruit such oranges, watermelon and pineapple to support the feeding of both institutions.
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Lower Pra Rural Bank PLC, explaining the rationale behind this gesture, said supporting the special schools is part of his outfit’s desire of giving back to society.
Although he said government provides logistics to special schools, it is not enough; hence the need for individuals, philanthropists as well as organisations to support.
“This gesture is part of our 40th anniversary celebration, and we want to share joy and show benevolence to our children,” Mr. Afful said.
He urged the staff of Sekondi School for the Deaf to save with the bank.
Madam Favour Aflakpui, Headmistress of SEKDEAF, praised the Lower Pra Rural Bank for the continued support, saying: “Some few months ago, you came to show us love; we are so grateful”.
She explained that the hearing-impaired schools deserve special attention and need to effectively improve students’ learning experience.
She praised government for continually supporting the school with infrastructural and educational materials, which has enhanced teaching and learning for the hearing-impaired students.
She mentioned that the school was established in 1971, and now has 300 students and 63 teaching and non-teaching staff.
“Some of our staff will retire soon, and we want to appeal for government to give us teachers and non-teaching staff,” she added.
She said: “We are doing our best in taking care of these children, but we have some challenges. I am appealing to philanthropists and corporate bodies to help repair the school bus and provide us with desktop computers, a printer and projector to enable the teachers to project what is being taught for students to understand better”.
Mrs. Crescentia Efua Bilson-Sai, Headmistress of Sekondi Special School, also expressed gratitude to the Lower Pra Rural Bank for the kind gesture.
“We give them self-help skills, which are handiwork, and our method of teaching is an individualised educational programme.
Ms. Felicia Aba Dawood, Chairperson of Lower Pra Rural Bank PLC, presenting the items said: “We love and care about you, and we want to share with you during our anniversary. You are our children and we’ll continue to love you”.