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The management and the students of the Asafora Integrated Community Centre for Employable Skills (ICCES) in the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region (CR), are calling on individuals, organisations and philanthropists to come to their aid with facilities, tools and other practical materials.
The manager of the centre, Mr Richard Frederick Kwesi Otoo, who made the appeal was showing appreciation to officials of Anomabo area of Boys and Girls Club-Ghana when they presented eight sowing machines to them.
According to the manager, the 18-year-old facility runs five courses; carpentery and joinery, catering, general electricals, building & construction and dress making, with only five (5) class rooms which also serve as workshops.
“My elders, as we speak now the school with five departments operates with only five classrooms so you can imagine how we suffer here; at least these five departments should be ran in about 15 classrooms but the case is different here,” he explained.
Mr Otoo added that, the centre does not also have tables and chairs for its eight staff neither desks for the students, saying, their students numbering about 80 rely on only 48 mono desks available to them and as a result, the rest had to stand on their feet during classes hours.
On tools and equipment, the manager revealed that the electrical department does not have a single tool, saying, “so as a result, the students provide their own tools for the practicals; the department itself does not have even a screw driver, for the catering department, we have one oven and even a cylinder and regulator to attach to it, we don’t have.
“I can say that it’s only the carpentry and dress making departments that have some small tools”.
He therefore thanked the Boys and Girls Club for the honour done them and described it as timely one and assured that the items would be put into good use and appealed to individuals and other philanthropists to go to their aid.
For his part, the Anomabo area director of the Club, Mr Isaac Kweku Quainoo, thanked the club’s founding member, one Mr Francis Ogoe, for financing the machines and urged the students not to underestimate their centre by its current condition but rather strive and take their studies serious in order for them to achieve their aims that brought them to the school “so that you go out after completion and bring back to help the school”
He moreover called on the teachers of the centre to be punctual and also make good use of the time allocated to them on their timetables.
According to him, the move was to express the love the Club has for vocational and technical education in the country and promised that the club was planning to look at the other departments.
The presentation was witnessed by the centre’s PTA chairman, members and executives; staff of the centre and nearby schools and students of the school.
Mr Francis Arkoh-Mensah, IT/Statistics coordinator at the Ghana Education Service-Saltpond, received the items on behalf of the Mfantseman Municipal Education director and then handed them over to the centre.
He assured that the education directorate was in the process to make sure the government assist the facility through its (govt) COTVET program.
Visitation to the departments
At the catering department, students were seen cooking on coal pots whiles others too were mixing flour with their hands(man power)for bread baking.
At the dress making department, four manual sowing machines were seen with one electric iron serving about 30 students.
Source: Kojo Ata Kakrah Abrowah || ghananewsonline.com.gh
Photo credit: IKQ