Minister for Information and Member of Parliament (MP) for the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has constructed a modern school block for the Akyem Ayirebi Presbyterian Junior High School (JHS) in the Akyemansa District in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The block, financed by the Oppong Nkrumah Education and Skills Development Fund established by the MP of the area in 2017 to take care of the education-oriented needs of constituents will help lessen the burden on pupils, who previously, could not study in their classrooms when there is heavy down pour.
The facility comprises three classrooms, an office and a store all connected to electricity and equipped with mono desks, teachers’ tables, and chairs, ceiling fans and washrooms to provide a safe teaching and learning environment for the school.
Speaking at a brief commissioning ceremony at Ayirebi on Friday, March 29, 2022, Mr. Oppong Nkrumah said the gesture is part of series of educational projects he initiated in 2017 to touch the lives of individuals and communities in the Ofoase Ayirebi constituency.
He said the new edifice could not have come at a better time since the old structure was in a deplorable state and hence, the school was in urgent need of new classroom blocks to facilitate teaching and learning.
“The history behind this Presby School is one that we are all aware of. Because of the deplorable state of the school, the NPP executives in Ayirebi drew my attention to how the classroom blocks needed major upgrades. So, I had fruitful deliberations with all stakeholders, the result of which is a brand new JHS block for Ayirebi Junior High School,” he added.
This he advised the staff and pupils of the school to maximize the usage of the facility to justify the investment intended to produce intellectuals to contribute towards the progress of the town.
Also present at the commissioning were the District Director of Education, Loretta Akua Ayisi, the West Akyem Presbytery Chairperson of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Rev. Raymond Baah Abekah, Resident Pastor of the Ayirebi Presby Church, Rev. Asaan Emmanuel, former District Chief Executive Officer, and elderly man of Ayirebi, Akwa Frempong and other well-known dignitaries.
Ms. Ayisi on behalf of the Ayirebi people thanked Mr. Oppong Nkrumah for providing the edifice which was second to none in the district and charged managers of the facility at the district education office to take good care of it to prolong its life span in order for it to serve future generations.
Oppong Nkrumah Education and Skills Development Fund
The Oppong Nkrumah Education and Skills Development Fund was founded in 2017 by MP for Ofoase Ayirebi and Minister for Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah to provide education and skills development support for the youth of the constituency. Between 2017 and 2022, the fund has provided scholarships to more than 300 constituents across different tertiary institutions in the country.
Through the fund, the Ayirebi Presby JHS was constructed, and plans are far advanced for the construction of a modern Information and Communication Technology (ICT) center in the Akyemansa District to ensure that all pupils and students in the area are computer literates.