BY KOJO ANSAH
WOOD WORLD Mission, the charity wing of the Power Centre Church, a United Kingdom-based Church, has cut the sod for the construction of a GH¢1.5-million ultra-modern vocational and technical school complex in Koforidua Asokore in the Eastern Region of Ghana.
The project is an extension of a basic school already established by the Wood World Mission with current enrolment population of 400 pupils who are orphans and needy children enjoying fee- free education.
The sod-cutting for the construction of the school complex was done over the weekend alongside the graduation of kindergarten pupils and the opening of a one-storey junior high school building.
Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, Bishop Mrs Mercy Wood, co-founder of Wood World Mission, said technical and vocational education was critical to bridging the unemployment gap.
According to her, for Ghana to meet the technical expertise demand of the job market, there was the need to strengthen skills training education in the country, hence their plan to establish a big technical vocational training centre equipped with the needed logistics and tools to train students to acquire technical skills.
Wood World Mission operates in Ghana, Uganda, Malawi (eight schools), Congo, Nigeria, South Africa and other countries.
In Ghana, the Mission operates a school each at Akosombo and Asokore -Koforidua.
Ace musician Fuse ODG has pledged financial support to the Akosombo branch of the school to expand it to the senior high school and university levels.
The founder and General Overseer of Wood World Missions and Power Centre Church – United Kingdom, Dr William Wood, a bishop, said Wood World Mission schools aim at providing quality education according to international standards to the less-privileged in society to end the quagmire of poverty, particularly in Africa.
According to him, he is very impressed with the progress made by the basic school and the academic feat achieved just a year after the establishment of the school.
Meanwhile, Black Panther, a philanthropist, partly funding the vocational and technical education project, also promised to purchase a bus for use by the school to ameliorate the hustle pupils through.