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MTN GHANA Foundation has cut the sod for the construction of a 24-Unit Classroom Block at a cost of GH¢1.6 million for the Ghana Police Education System at Tesano in Accra.
The project comprises a head teacher’s office, a staff common room, a modern toilet facility and furniture.
Mr Selorm Adadevoh, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MTN Ghana, in his speech, said the construction of the school will directly benefit over 2,493 pupils annually.
He explained that the project, the largest educational unit within the Ghana Police Service, is very pivotal in supporting the educational needs of many Ghanaians.
“Indeed, today’s groundbreaking (sic) ceremony goes beyond providing a school building and furniture. It is a significant step towards enhancing the quality of education in Ghana,” he stated.
He pointed out that MTN’s vision is to lead the delivery of a new digital world and so, the facility, when completed, would have an ICT centre to bring the immense benefits of ICT to the students.
According to Mr Adadevoh, in addition to the 24-unit classroom block, the Foundation will convert and enhance an existing library into an integrated library, which will have a hardcopy book area.
He said “it gives me true pleasure to tell pupils of Police Education System that MTN knows that they are special, thus have taken it upon us to construct a school building to provide a comfortable environment conducive to teaching and learning.”
The CEO called on all stakeholders, the police and school authorities, teachers, pupils and contractors to collaborate to finish the project within the stipulated time.
The Inspector General of Police David Asante- Appeatu, in his speech, explained that the Ghana Police Education System was ready to educate the children of the Police administration but it had become necessary to involve the general public.
He continued that since the mainstream duty of the police is to give security to the public, it made it logical for the facility to be opened to the general public.
He said the MTN assistance had come at the right time because when the old school was opened to the public, it led to the rise in student population, putting pressure on the old and weak facility and causing the quality of the facility to deteriorate, which made the police administration to think of entering into partnership with their key stakeholders, particularly MTN Ghana.
“And surely, MTN Ghana was our choice as the idea of providing excellent facility to our dear little ones with their corporate social responsibility,” he stated.
He assured MTN Ghana that upon the completion of the project, he would ensure that parents, teachers and students understand the purpose of the educational facility they had provided.
He added that the Police Administration would provide the necessary support to the contractor to for him to complete the facility on schedule.