Because of the coronavirus pandemic, the meeting was held (on Thursday 25th June) on Zoom. This allowed people who are normally not able to attend, to be present. We were delighted that 22 people joined us, from across the UK, from Accra, Tamale, and even Myanmar! This is a summary of the Minutes prepared by Jo Hallett.
The Chairman’s report and the Secretary’s report can be read on this website.
It was particularly pleasing to listen to our Patron, Lord Paul Boateng, who visited Ghana in March and noted positive changes in education, such as free secondary education. But he also noted the underfunding of education in general, and the neediness of the Northern Regions. He had praise for Ghana’s public health system – hospitals were not overwhelmed and there was an effective testing system in place. However, Ghana struggles with basics such as good nutrition and sanitation. He was very appreciative of the achievements of Ghana School Aid, and ended by saying “the Ghana you all love remains”.
Penny reported a new fund-raising initiative consisting of sending appeal letters, under the guidance of a professional fund-raiser, to suitable Charitable Trusts. We live in hope… She is always keen to have feedback re the website. Rita described the Facebook page she has set up. We are all encouraged to “like” it!
The Committee was reelected nem con and William will take on the official role of Vice-Chair.
We heard from Kofi Ohene in Accra. He has worked with GSA since its inception in 1986 and his help in transferring funds, visiting schools and advising the committee is invaluable. We also heard from Salifu Baako who has worked with us since 2009. He is Headteacher of a JHSchool in Tamale. He visits schools on our behalf, helps schools with their appeals and offers the committee his very welcome advice. Finally, Reginald Quartey, who now works in the Curriculum Department of the Ghana Education Service, was very supportive of our work. He said that some secondary pupils were back in school, but primary pupils would return in September.
The meeting, much appreciated by all, closed at 4.10pm