On the 25th to 27th September, 2015, 1Billion Africa embarked on a project trip to Subriso Community in the Asutifi South District of Brong Ahafo Region of Ghana, to promote quality education through donation of educational materials and sensitisation of parents and teachers in the community.
Africa is faced with many problems which are believed to have sprung up due to poor leadership influence. Whilst some people are of the view that these problems can never be dealt with, some school of thought are fully convicted of the fact that something can be done. 1Billion Africa as part of the “Something-Can-Be-Done” movement believes these problems could be turned into projects by individuals with passion and determination to cause change.
1Billion Africa embarked on this project – Go Empower Schools Project, in line with the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) at Subriso District Assembly to promote quality education among the children and youth of the community. Subriso is part of the Asutifi South district set up by the government to facilitate developmental projects. The people face many challenges especially in the educational sector.
A meeting with the Assembly man, Hon. Mohammed Osman revealed that the 2014 highest rate of teenage pregnancy in Ghana was recorded in the district. The youth do not take interest in education because of mining/galamsey activities. The district has for a period of time observed a decreasing rate of school enrollment and attendance. The Head Teacher of Subriso DA School, Mr. Nsiah Abraham Junior stated that part of the problem was due to the lack of educational materials and motivation for education. 1Billion Africa in view of this problem visited Subriso to donate educational materials; exercise books, pens, pencils, erasers, sharpeners and boxes of chalk to boost education. Parents and guardians were sensitised on the importance of prioritizing quality education.
“Based on a report we received last year, it was observed that there was an increase in enrollment and enthusiasm for education when we donated educational materials in 2014 and registered the children on the National Health Insurance Scheme in 2013. This inspired us to come back in 2015 to continue this worthy cause” said Mr. Benjamin Adu-Hayford, Project Coordinator, 1Billion Africa.
The donation ceremony was graced with the presence of the District Coordinating Director, Mr. Musa Dongo, District Deputy Education Director, Mr. A. K. Ametorwudor, Assembly Unit Committee Head and members, Mr. Obeng Gyimah the Circuit Supervisor, The Head Teacher, PTA & School Management Committe Board Members of Subriso DA School, teachers, leaders of the Subriso Community and the entire community. The 1Billion Africa team was well received and after having gone through the required cultural customs, held discussions with leaders of the community.
Indeed, the initiative was accepted by all as the Director and Founder, Mr. Prince Adu-Appiah expounded on the vision and objective of the organization. “1Billion Africa seeks to empower the youth to take education much more seriously as they are our hope for a better future”, he added. Putting smiles on the faces of individuals and knowing that their lives would experience a turn-around has been a key motivating factor for the team. 1Billion Africa believes that education of youth and children has a direct proportional effect on the rate of poverty in the country.
The Assembly man used the occasion to call for support for the need of Computers for the school to further boost education and the children’s knowledge and skills in ICT.