Our Chairman, Ted Mayne, represented GSA at a reception at St. James’ Palace. He writes the following report:
I received a pilot email from St James’s Palace asking if I would accept an invitation to a reception being hosted by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall to prior to their official visit to Ghana in November 2018. This came somewhat as a surprise and it transpired that my name had been put forward by Paul Boateng who was actively involved in the visit. Apparently Paul Boateng was asked to nominate a selection of people who were actively involved in charity work in Ghana. I was one of a few names submitted by Paul in recognition of the work done by Ghana School Aid. I gladly accepted but felt this was undeserved because there were so many members of GSA who were more deserving. I attended the reception and it was a pleasure to meet so many like minded persons who had a passion for Ghana. I was pleased that there are so many small charities which are so actively involved. The Prince of Wales had clearly done his home work and Ghana School Aid was a charity he had researched and we spoke briefly about his earlier involvement in Achimota. He was disappointed that he would not be visiting the school this time. He had been there some years before. I enjoyed the occasion and met up with a number of old contacts. I left feeling that we had been recognised as a worthwhile charity which has been given Royal Approval and as an organisation we should be encouraged to continue the good work. I must record my appreciation to the committee for helping to put GSA on the map.
We sent a grant to this school in response to their application. Here is an abridged form of the application, and some pictures we received subsequently. We do not yet have a report about the renovation of the building.
Isaac Asamoah is my name and I am the Head Teacher Nkwakom D/A Primary School.
I hereby forward this application to your reputable organization to plead for your support to provide my school with furniture and renovation of our school building. The school is from kg to class six with a population of 130.
The populace of this community mostly engage in peasant farming which their income from their proceeds is less to support their wards’ schooling as well as supporting the needs of the school financially… Because of poor nature of our school building, the pupils are not in a secure classroom environment and it affects their academics. It is also a threat to the lives of the children and the teachers when there is a heavy rainfall. I strongly belief that if the school is given these needed supports, the community will be very happy… and the standard of academics will also improve…
I humbly count on your cooperation. Thank you.
Here are the pictures we received:
A crowded classroom Some new furniture
Pupils with new furniture
GSA sent a grant for new furniture, and received the following thank-you letter, with picture.
REPORTS FOR ANAMASE PRESBYTERIAN PRIMARY SCHOOL
On behalf of the staff,P.T.A Executive, pupils of Akim-Anamase Presby primary school and the entire community write to express our profound gratitude and appreciation for the kind gesture your noble organization has shown to the school. The memory of your organization will forever linger in the hearts of the school as you are the only organization that has extended an arm to the school.
The grant has solved the following problems in the school hence aiding smooth academic work.
In the first place,the furniture has made teaching and learning very effective,comfortable and conducive.At first,a desk which was meant for two pupils was occupied by three and sometimes four pupils creating a whole lot of inconvenience in the classroom.This affected their handwriting also hindered them from doing independent work in class.
The provision of the new desks together with the existing old ones has solved this challenge and now comfort and independent work is a hallmark. Also teachers express a great appreciation for the new tables and chairs provided to them.
Moreover on behalf of the staff, P.T.A were appealing to your noble organization to come to our aid with roofing sheet to roof the school building to replace the existing rusted ones.
With one accord,we say a big THANK YOU to GHANA SCHOOL AID and your noble donors for such a gesture. We hope you will continue to help the school to see more development to make the school the beacon of excellence in the Birim-South district.
Thank you once again for the kind gesture and we look forward to see you and your able committee members in Akim-Anamase one day.
Anamase Presby after grant
We sent £1450 for improvement to the Teachers’ Quarters, and the school has used the money well, as the “before-and-after” pictures show:
Kenyasi no 2 teachers quarters
Kenyasi no 2 teachers’ quarters – Shining entrance
Kenyasi no 2 teachers’ quarters the courtyard
Kenyasi no 2 teachers quarters NEW WATER CLOSET TOILET FACILITY IN THE BUILDING
This school received £1500 from the Teach Ghana Trust, and £1500 from Ghana School Aid, to build a new block and provide furniture for KG and Lower Primary. The project is now completed and we received the following report and pictures from the Headteacher, Nicholas Kwarteng, in January 2019:
I refer to the grant sent to Akrodie saviour primary school for the purpose of providing furniture for the KG and lower primary, the project has been completed as planned.The amount was used to provide 15 sets of hexagonal tables at a cost of 4500 ghana cedis and 20 dual desks at 3100 Ghana cedis. Add transport costs.
The project has been completed and handed over to the school is the presence of the Circuit Supervisor, SMC and PTA executives, staff and the pupils. On my own behalf and the entire Saviour community, we wish to say a very big thank you and also wish you continue to support the school since the school lacks other facilities such as ICT centre and toilet. Importance of the furniture:
The pupils now have enough furniture for learning.
The furniture supports both group and individual teaching and learning.
It has reduced the burden of parents from buying furniture for their wards.
The painted furniture attracts pupils to come to school regularly.
This school was established in 1942 in Sekyere Central District in Ashanti Region. The Headteacher, Mrs Mary Boateng, applied to us for help in providing classroom furniture and upgrading some classrooms. Mrs. Boateng has sent the following message of appreciation, and some “before and after” pictures:
We received this email from Mary Boateng, in June 2018:
With heart full of gratitude and appreciation we write to thank you for coming to our aid to secure furniture for the school. Management of the above school is highly appreciative for the kind gesture. The life saving grant has helped tailored sound academic work and we gladly count on your continual support to help in lift the standard of education in the school to compliment the government’s effort in fighting illiteracy in the deprived communities. On behalf of the school, community and my own behalf, I write to say a big thank you for the generous support, contribution and assistance to the school.
At our GSA committee meeting on 17th January, we awarded grants totaling £11,245 to the following eleven schools: Kanvilli-Tawfikiya JHS; Yilonaayili Anglican Primary School; Tibung JHS, Northern Region; King’s Academy, Eastern Region; Kpachelo E/A Primary School, Nanton, Northern Region; Karbo Primary School, UWR (towards the EducATE project there; Asin Asamankese T.I Ahmadiyya Basic School, Central Region; Dokykrom D/A Basic School, Brong Ahafo; Aboagyaa-Nkwante AME Zion Basic School, Brong-Ahafo; Sumaman SHS, Brong Ahafo; Techimantia T.I. Ahmadiyya Basic School, Brong-Ahafo.
We still have six applications which will wait until our next meeting in April.
We will expect further applications, focusing on water and sanitation, during the next “window” 1st October to 15th November.