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Millennium city school commissioned

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A three-storey 18-unit classroom block for the Gbegbeyise cluster of basic schools in Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has been jointly commissioned by the Ministry of Education and the AMA at a ceremony in Accra.

The disability-friendly facility, which has a library, science and computer laboratories, is one of the 14 Millennium City School Projects being undertaken by the AMA in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the major funding partner.

The project forms part of government’s interventions to eradicate the shift school system in the metropolis.

In a brief address of the gathering, the Minister for Education, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemeng, said such infrastructure would not only provide a conducive environment for teaching and learning, but also encourage students to attend school regularly.

According to her, the government had invested significantly in the educational sector and, therefore, advised the students to make optimum use of the opportunity, study hard and become enlightened and useful to the society.

The USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Africa, Ms. Oren Whyche-Shaw, said her outfit had invested $3.8million in the construction of six school complexes in Accra, describing those investments as a key component of the United States efforts to improve basic education in Ghana.

Ms. Whyche-Shaw disclosed that the USAID was also investing $23.4 million to build district education offices, junior high schools, kindergartens and sanitation facilities in all 10 regions in the country.

The Chief Executive Officer of the AMA, Dr. Alfred Okoe Vanderpuije, commended the chiefs and people in the area for their cooperation in providing the needed environment for the realization of the project.

According to him, the new facility would benefit all the communities in both the Ablekuma South and West Constituencies.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ablekuma West Constituency, Mrs. Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, lauded the government for providing the facility for access as well as quality teaching and learning.

In a welcome address, the Accra Metro Director of Education, Madam Angela Tina Mensah, said access to education was a very important component in achieving academic excellence.

She noted that such infrastructural development in any form served as a source of motivation for both teachers and students.

She thanked both the AMA and USAID Ghana for their laudable initiative and urged the school authorities to maintain the school structure and all other equipment for the benefit of future generations.

In the Minister’s entourage were the Chief Director, Mr. Enoch H. Cobbinah, Personal Assistant to the Minister, Mrs. Alberta Graham, Ms. Rabiana Azara Amandi and Dan Osman Mwin, Directors of Pre-Tertiary and Public Relations respectively.


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