MTN Commissions Street Academy New Block

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MTN Ghana Foundation has officially handed the new multi-purpose classroom block to the management of Street Academy after the old structure was demolished to pave way for the construction works.

Prior to the commissioning, Officers of MTN Ghana Foundation, Ebenezer Terkper, Education Portfolio Advisor and Cynthia Mills who is also the Economic Empowerment Advisor on Wednesday 26th July inspected the final phase of the yet to be commissioned Street Academy after the sod was cut for the construction of a new multi-purpose classroom block at Mensah Guinea in Accra.

The Project Consultant, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Dogbatse told ModernGhana Ajarfor in an interview that the project has finally been completed and will officially be handed over to MTN Ghana Foundation the main sponsor of the school project.

Mr. Dogbatse indicated that this is one of the best projects because initially, when he saw the dilapidated Street Academy, it was heartbreak as one could reckon the suffering these beneficiaries were surmounted to seeing almost half of the weak wooden structure which is closer to the sea (Gulf of Guinea) chopped off by rodents and parts ripped off by strong winds.

He said this triggered a sense of feeling and passion that pushes him to ensure that this project is well constructed and furnished with all authenticity.

Ebenezer Terkper, the Education Portfolio Advisor of MTN Ghana Foundation made some positive remarks about the project indicating that he is fully satisfied with the level of progress.

“The building as you can see is 100percent complete and habitable. I am very happy and at the same time satisfied with the project because we can now see the massive transformation that has taken place here,” he stated.

Mr. Terkper added that the new building comes with a multi-purpose hall, two classrooms, a dining hall, a store, computer centre, library and a newly created Counseling and Assessment Office for both the Headmaster and personnel from the Special Education Unit to assess any child who is picked and brought for training and grooming.

According to him, the multi-purpose hall would be partitioned for music, sporting activities and other recreational activities that will encourage the kids to learn.

“If you have the aptitude for books you will be taken to the classroom, if you have the aptitude for sports you will be taken to sporting class, if you have the aptitude for music you will be taken to the music class and many more,” he intimated.

The Journey so far…

Few weeks ago, MTN Ghana Foundation cut the sod for the refurbishment of the Street Academy in Mensah Guinea as part of this Year’s nationwide celebration of the 21 days Y’ello Care Challenge.

The old dilapidated wooden structure of Street Academy which at a point became a death trap was earmarked for the construction of a new classroom block furnished with computers, books and MTN 4G internet connectivity.

Street Academy, which is a special school that picks and identify young children with special needs and talents within the community are admitted into different career forms depending on one’s interest has actually not seen any facelift since 1986 after it was established.

The bad state of the school and the unfavorable condition of the children touched the heart of MTNers who ‘aggressively’ decided to construct a multi-purpose classroom block to put smiles on the faces of these desperate children who aspire to become change makers in their communities.

This represents the old wooden structure that was pulled down by workers of MTN to make way for construction as part of their 21 days of Y’ello Care which was under the theme, “Investing in Education for All.”
This represents the old wooden structure that was pulled down by workers of MTN to make way for construction as part of their 21 days of Y’ello Care which was under the theme, “Investing in Education for All.”
The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Twum Asante together with officials of MTN examining the project designs by the Project Consultant, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Dogbatse.
The Chief Executive Officer of MTN Ghana, Mr. Ebenezer Twum Asante together with officials of MTN examining the project designs by the Project Consultant, Mr. Emmanuel Kofi Dogbatse.
The CEO of MTN finally cutting the sod in the presence of the School’s Headmaster, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Cynthia Lumor, Joseph Kingkong Agbeko who is now the three-time world bantamweight champion and a beneficiary of the Academy, and other MTN staff.
The CEO of MTN finally cutting the sod in the presence of the School’s Headmaster, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Cynthia Lumor, Joseph Kingkong Agbeko who is now the three-time world bantamweight champion and a beneficiary of the Academy, and other MTN staff.
Mrs. Lumor took her turn while others look cheerfully to pave way for work on the construction of a new Street Academy to begin.
Mrs. Lumor took her turn while others look cheerfully to pave way for work on the construction of a new Street Academy to begin.

The 21 days of Y’ello Care is an annual staff volunteer programme and a competition that runs across MTN operating countries from 1st to 21st in June every year.

Source: Abubakari Seidu Ajarfor

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