An entourage led by the Western North Regional Minister, Hon. Richard Ebbah Obeng has finally commenced the distribution of study desks for schools in the Western North region under the 1School Child 1Study Desk initiative.
In the first quarter of 2021, the Regional Minister outdoors the 1School Child 1Study Desk initiative to combat the desk deficits in schools across the entire Western North region as another way of improving teaching and learning in the region.
At the launch of the initiative, the Western North region was reported to have had over 66,000 desks deficits, thereby impeding the quality and performance of education and students respectively.
At a gathering in the Bia West district, the Regional Minister handed over the first batch of 100 chairs and study desks to the Adjoafua English and Arabic Primary School to supplement the over 4,000 desk deficits in the Bia West district.
Present at the event were the Western North Regional Coordinating Director, Mr Francis Kwarteng Amoako, the DCE of Bia West District, Hon. John Koah, MCE for Sefwi Wiawso, Hon. Louis Owusu-Agyepong, Bia West District Education Director, Mr Thomas Kwoffie, and Bia West Police Commander Supt. Kwaw Teye.
Speaking at the gathering, the Regional Minister emphasized that the desks shall be fairly and equally distributed across the various districts such that no child in any school shall be in need of a desk.
Hon. Richard Ebbah Obeng further added that the gathering was to inform the masses of the commencement of the distribution and that going forward, there will be no such gathering as desks will be distributed to the various districts and further disbursed to the various schools. He then entreated all stakeholders including the students to ensure they keep the desks well so others can also make use of them once they are out of school.
On a request from the chiefs of the community regarding the Adjoafua Senior High School, the Regional Minister emphasized that his dream is to make the region work and so, he and the other stakeholders will do well to discuss plans on projecting the Adjoafua Senior High School and other Senior High Schools in the region to gain an unending reputation.
The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Bia West received the desks and expressed his profound gratitude to the Minister for such an initiative, promising that the Bia West District Assembly will continue to work hand-in-hand and support the Regional Coordinating Council and the Regional Minister in achieving every objective they have set before them.
Hon. John Koah further appreciated the Regional Minister on his promise to commit to the revamping and reviving of the Senior High School in the community to make it one that shall be boasted of across the country.
The Education Director, Mr Thomas Kwoffie also added that they are deeply grateful for the donations and will plead that more should come, stressing that there are a lot more facilities needed in the district including bungalows for teachers.
On protecting what they have received, Mr Thomas Kwoffie emphasized that school authorities will be charged to monitor and ensure the desks are always maintained and kept in a good condition.