The Saint Joseph R/C Primary School for Children with Special needs in Ghana’s foremost mining town, Obuasi, are the latest beneficiaries of Tigo Ghana’s Shelter 4 Education initiative.
The telecommunication company pulled down their old dilapidated building and replaced it with a brand new fully furnished 4 Classroom block with an office for the Headmistress, a pantry and toilet facilities for the children.
At an inaugural ceremony to hand over the new building to the school, the Municipal Chief Executive Officer for the Obuasi Municipal Assembly, Richard Ofori Agyemang Boadi, paid a glowing tribute to Tigo Ghana for coming to the aid of the children who need special care.
“Tigo’s Shelter 4 Education project has come to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in this municipality and I am forever grateful for the support. For the past 3 years, the number of children with special needs in this school has been declining due to the run-down structure. It is the only special school in this municipality, and yet we were unable to offer any support or comfort to the children. By pulling down the old structure and putting up a much bigger and safer school, Tigo Ghana Limited has not only changed the fortunes of the children but the entire municipality” he noted.
The headmistress of St Joseph R/C Primary School for Special Needs Children, Mrs Christiana Adei, thanked Tigo for the edifice and promised to take good care of it.
Gifty Bingley who heads Tigo Ghana’s Corporate Communications and CSR department in her remarks reiterated Tigo’s commitment to caring for the communities within which they operate. She emphasized the educational investments will benefit both the pupils, their families and the communities at large. “As the level of education increases, so does the chance to get and keep a job, have a healthy life and support a family”, she explained.
Shelter 4 Education is Tigo’s new CSR initiative – the company is putting up six unit classrooms with headmaster’s office, staff common room and toilet facilities for some selected schools in makeshift structures across Ghana.
The entire construction has been documented as a television series. The first episode started August 2, last Sunday on TV3 at 4.00pm, Metro TV and ETV at 6.30pm.
Our second episode this week will look at Obeng yaw school in Adeiso in the eastern region also receiving a fully furnished six unit classrooms with headmaster’s office, staff common room and toilet facilities.