Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Koforidua, June 7, GNA - Pencils of Promise (POP), a non governmental organization, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Eastern Regional Coordinating Council (ERCC) to help improve basic education infrastructure in the region.
With this MOU, Pencils of Promise would operate in 10 districts of the region in a five year period, to provide modern classroom blocks and appropriate furniture, teaching materials and in-service training of teachers at the kindergarten level.
Pencils of Promise would provide up to 80 per cent of the entire cost of the three components of building an infrastructure, furniture, teaching materials and in-service training for teachers at the KG levels, whiles the beneficiary district assembly would contribute 20 per cent.
Pencils of Promise started its operation in the Volta Region and in 2015 spread further to the Asuogyman and Manya Krobo districts of the Eastern Region.
It has constructed 12 units of three and four classroom blocks with toilet facilities, water harvesting systems and polytanks and trained kindergarten teachers in the two districts to the tune of 400, 000 US dollars.
At a short ceremony to sign the agreement in Koforidua, the Regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye-Dafuor, said with this donation the output of kindergartens for that matter basic schools would be strengthened.
He said quite often the kindergarten and basic schools were poorly managed with regards to their infrastructure and learning materials and commended Pencils of Promise for focusing their activities at that level.
The Minister urged all the participating district assemblies to contribute their stipulated quota.
Ms Gertrude Mensah, the Regional Director of Education, said her outfit was impressed with the work done so far in the two districts and expressed the hope that the partnership with the other districts would help improve education in the region.
Mr Freeman Gobah, Country Director of Pencils of Promise, said their focus was on the kindergartens and the primary schools because they realised that that level of education is experiencing challenges.
He said as part of their operation, they were partnering with World reader to provide about 20,000 digitized test books for the basic schools and expressed optimism that their intervention with the support of the assemblies would enhance the outcome of education in the region.