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Work has begun on the construction of a 24-unit classroom block for the Ghana Police Education System. The project when completed will be the largest educational unit within the Ghana Police Service. It is expected to directly benefit over 2,493 pupils annually. MTN Ghana Foundation is the main sponsor of the project at a cost above Ghc1.6M.
At a ground breaking ceremony on Friday, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana, Selorm Adadevoh remarked that the ceremony goes beyond providing a school building and furniture.
“It is a significant step towards enhancing the quality of education in Ghana. MTN’s vision is to lead the delivery of a bold new digital world and this facility when completed will have an ICT center to bring the immense benefits of ICT to the students”.
The project will comprise a Head teacher’s office, a Staff Common room, a Modern toilet facility and Furniture.
Additionally, the MTN Foundation will convert and enhance an existing library into an integrated library, with a hardcopy book area and an ICT center. The work is expected to be completed in within six months.
“MTN acknowledges the good work being done by the Ghana Police Service. We appreciate all the support in terms of security for our Stores, our staff and the effective collaboration between us for our mutual benefit.
“It gives me true pleasure to tell pupils of Police Education System that MTN knows that they are special, thus we have taken it upon us to construct a school building to provide a comfortable environment conducive to teaching and learning,” Adadevoh stated.
He urged all stakeholders including the Police authority, school authority, teachers, pupils and contractors to collaborate to and ensure that the project is completed within the stipulated time.
This project is the 143rd investment of the MTN Ghana Foundation since its inception over a decade ago. The Foundation has invested significantly in Ghana’s education; carrying out over 82 educational projects across the country.
“MTN Ghana has declared this year as the year of the customer and so we are enjoined by this to brighten our customers’ lives at various touch points and today is the beginning of our time with Ghana Police,” Adadevoh said.
The Inspector General of Police, in a speech noted that the Ghana Police Transformation Agenda has the welfare of the police officer as its first priority among five thematic areas.
“We believe creating an opportunity within the police environment for our children to get the best education will contribute immensely to motivating our officers in the front line,” he stated.
The Ghana police education system was established to educate wards of police personnel. It line with its principle that security is a shared responsibility, it became necessary to open the facility to the general public.
“The fact that the general public remains our anchor in our effort to remain safe and secure Ghana remains relevant. It is based on this principle that this facility was opened up to the general public. This increased enrolment, which put so much pleasure on the old facility. The deteriorating quality of the old facility made the police administration to think of partnering with any of our key strategic stakeholders and surely MTN Ghana was our choice as they are providing decent education for our little ones resolute with their corporate social responsibility,” he stated.
He assured that the police administration will provide the necessary support to the contractor to enable delivery of the project within the set timeline.
He hinted that the Ghana police school system, haven grown over the years from primary school to a Junior High School, there are plans to develop the system develops into a Senior High School and a University.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || Ghananewsonline.com.gh