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PARDA donates 214 dual desks to two districts’ worth of schools

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A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) named Participatory Action for Rural Development Alternatives (PARDA) has donated 214 dual desks to elementary schools in the Builsa North Municipality and Kassena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region.

The Chuchuliga Junior High School (JHS) received 45 of the total 100 desks, followed by the Alan JHS and Primary Schools with 35 and 55 desks, respectively, and the Gbenia JHS with 79 desks.

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The furniture was provided under the core programme funds of the Builsa-Kassena Area Child Development Partnership programme between Children Believe (CB) and PARDA as part of planned activities for the 2023 financial year, according to Dr. Michael Wombeogo, the executive director of PARDA, who spoke at a brief ceremony to present the furniture.

The provision of high-quality teaching and learning materials for students in the Builsa North Municipality and the Kassena-Nankana West District is PARDA and CB Ghana’s pledge to defy the odds, he said.

According to Dr. Wombeogo, PARDA and CB have given the Municipality and District nine boreholes, five Early Childhood Development Centres, two Child Welfare Centres, a variety of teaching and learning resources, and five Early Childhood Development Centres over the past two years.

He cautioned the recipient schools to treat the furniture as their own property so that it would last and continue to be comfortable for studying and teaching, saying that “Taking care of these materials will attract further assistance from PARDA and her partners.”

He expressed his gratitude to the CB team for the ongoing support, which enables it to offer children in the Municipality and District—their operational areas in the Region—comfortable learning conditions.

The lack of furniture in schools across the nation is one of several issues, according to Mr. Samuel Oppong Kwabiah, the CB Programmes Manager, who also stated that stakeholders must assume responsibility for making sure that students learn in a setting that is conducive.

He advised School Management Committees to take good care of the furniture and offered the suggestion that they should find local craftsmen and hire them to maintain it on a termly basis in order to redirect their support away from the provision of furniture and towards other pressing requirements.

“The problems are many, but if community members can maintain the little that we provide, it means we will be able to concentrate on other areas,” Mr. Kwabiah added.

Some of the schools in the Municipality, according to Mr. Felix Apochaab, the Planning and Statistics Officer of the Builsa North Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Education Service, had students writing while lying on their stomachs.

He urged for greater support to increase the quality of education in the Municipality and said that the PARDA and CB gesture will help the Municipality’s furniture shortage.

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