Statement from Stephen Awoah - Chief of Ekumfi Etsibeedu
November 6, 2013
As a community, we are working closely alongside the Ekumfi Trust to establish problems facing the local district school:
1. Teachers refusing to accept postings to this school due to its location. This is a problem that many rural schools face; many teachers prefer to work in the city due to better pay and quality of life.
2. Inadequate supply of textbooks, especially those used to learn the English language. Without a doubt, children that develop good English language skills are most likely to go on to further education and employment.
3. Some parents and guardians find it difficult to buy pens and books for their children as clothing and food are understandably, prioritised. Many students walk to the school with bare foot and on an empty stomach. Some students subsequently lack the energy to focus in class and excel where they otherwise could.
4. ICT is taught without computers. These sessions are thus not practical. Many pupils have never seen a computer.
Collaborating with the Ekumfi Trust, we have been able to express the vision of the community and suggest solutions:
As the chief of Ekumfi Etsibeedu, I have spent the past few years lobbying and also searching to find an NGO to help find computers for the school. The Ekumfi trust has been able to source computers from the UK through kind donations, which will be placed inside the computer area of the library. It is felt that one computer to every five children would enable them to actualise their vision on earth. The internet provides a wealth of knowledge and information if used effectively!
Good language skills are to be developed. None of the pupils can boast a single textbook or storybook to himself or herself. This has serious negative effects on their English language and literature skills, which is the medium of expression in Ghana. Prior to working with the Ekumfi Trust, due to lack of funding to build a library, the idea was to set aside a classroom in the school to double up as a library.
The Unit Committe (a group who are mandated in the community to help and work with the assemblyman) move from house to house, educating parents on the needs to send their children to school. We are with the hope and belief that the current enrollment will double in the next two to five years. Through regenerating the district school and building an attached library we hope this will act to encourage more parents to send their children to the local school!