Nana Ansu Adane Kofrobour II, Suma Krontihene and Acting President of Suma Traditional Council, cut the tape to inaugurate the GH¢40,000 e-library with six computers and accessories to end this year’s 21 Days of Y’ello Care Challenge.
The challenge is an annual employee volunteer initiative launched by MTN Group in 2007 to encourage MTN staff in all operating countries to participate in community service for 21 days each year in June.
The theme for this year’s challenge is “Investing in Education for All”.
Mr Stephen Asare, MTN Mobile Money Manager, northern Ghana, said the theme was revisited because of the critical role education plays both in national development and in the life of the individual.
He said two e-libraries had been built in Accra and Tarkwa to open up access to over 40,000 e-books from around the world on a wide range of subjects, from the sciences to the arts.
“This will be a very useful source of reference for both teachers and students of the beneficiary schools. It is hoped that the facility will help improve the level of education in the schools and enrich the lives of those who patronize them,” he added.
Mr Asare said other projects embarked on within the period included the sewing and distribution of about 3,000 school bags from flexi materials to selected schools nationwide.
Mr Moses Kofi Soga, Headmaster of the school, said it was established in 1981 with 15 students and now 450 students.
He said most of the students are from the surrounding villages where there are no or poor MTN reception in the district and appealed to the management to improve the reception in order not to affect patronage of the facility.
Mr Soga said the authorities had decided to use MTN Mobile Money to pay school fees to prevent students from bringing cash on them to avoid the temptation of their monies being lost or used for other purposes.
He appealed to the MTN for assistance to use the facility for bulk messaging to send bills, reports and invitations to parents and guardians directly onto their mobile phones.
“This will help parents and guardians have first-hand information from the school administration,” Mr Soga added.