The Ghana Cocoa Board and its consortium of banks have commissioned a six-unit classroom block for the Ofoase Aeda Basic School in the Agona East District of the Central Region.
The block, which has the classrooms furnished with dual desk, cost GH¢ 150, 000.
Mr Anthony Fofie, Chief Executive of COCOBOD, said the classroom block illustrated government and the Board’s attempts to enhance the livelihood of cocoa farmers.
He said the statutes that established the board enjoined it to pursue policies and programmes that promoted the wellbeing of farmers.
He said in pursuit of this and as part of their corporate social responsibilities, the company had instituted programmes that not only sought to increase cocoa output but also promoted the socio-economic well-being of farmers.
He said the Board had also under its scholarship scheme for farmers’ wards awarded over 45,000 scholarships since its inception.
The Chief Executive said the provision of scholarships as well as education facilities in cocoa growing communities reduced child labour, adding that COCOBOD had a child labour desk that educated farmers on the risks of engaging children in works which were not acceptable.
Mr Martin Luther Obeng, the District Chief Executive of Agona East, commended COCOABOD and its partners for the facility.
He pledged government’s support to extend electricity to the community which would also enable the school to start the operation of an Information Communication Technology laboratory.
Mr Kwamina Asomaning, Head of Corporate and Investment Banking, Stanbic Bank, urged the children to work hard.
“We can support partners to provide facilities for you pupils but what we cannot do for you is learn for you,” he said.
Mr Asomaning, who represented the consortium of banks, commended COCOBOD for leading the way in the provision of quality education for children in cocoa growing communities.
Mr Martin Joe Kunyegbe, Headmaster of the school, expressed gratitude to management of COCOABOD and other partners for the facility. GNA