By Bertha Badu-Agyei, GNA
Adukrom, Sept 5, GNA - The Okere District Chief Executive (DCE), Mr Daniel Kenneth, has disclose that the district has adopted one community one kindergarten project to ensure that no child below the age of six years walked several kilometres before going to school.
In his maiden address at the first ordinary meeting of the newly created assembly, the DCE indicated that the “one community, one kindergarten” project was started by the Member of parliament, Mr Dan Botwe to provide access to children of school going age without walking far distances to nearby communities.
Education, according to him remained one of the priorities on the assembly’s agenda to improve basic level education especially the gender gap because most parents in the remote communities refused to send their female wards to school at the kindergarten age because of the distance they have to trek each day.
The Okere constituency/district has over 120 villages and satellite communities stretching from Adukrom through to Nkurakan and some parts of Koforidua, children have to trek for several kilometres daily to access school and that was making it difficult for children below eight years to begin schooling.
In order to address the situation, Mr Dan Botwe began the one community one kindergarten project where he recruited SHS levers in the community to teach at specially designated classrooms to increase enrolment in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES).
Apart from giving school access to children in such deprived communities, the project also sought to provide stop gap jobs for members of the community who were hired as teachers or caterers to provide meals for the kids at the MPs own expense.
So far the project has been able to provide kindergartens at Gyankwakye, Dawu-Awukugua, Awukugua-Nyensi, Asuokuor, Lapkpa, Aboa, Nyensi camp, Asifaw south and onyamebekyere communities.
The DCE said in order to realize the full benefits of the project, the district would set an implementation committee to ensure that all children of school going age were sent to school without any excuse whatsoever whiles the non-formal education sector would also be strengthened.
On agriculture, he noted that the district would take inventory of all farmers in the district so as to reach them directly and offer any assistance as a basis to woo the youth in the area into agribusiness.
On tourism, the DCE said Okere district has over 15 tourist sites ranging from water falls through caves, unique rock formations and ancient artefacts such as the okomfo anokye shrine and therefore assembly prepared to develop them to make the district a tourism hub in the region.