A free supplementary school for more than 600 underprivileged pupils in Elmina and its environs in the Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipality has been launched by Kingdom Lifestyle Mission, a United Kingdom based NGO.
The weekend and vacation school, which started in April this year, becomes the second of such initiative launched by the Christian NGO in the country after it was piloted in Madina-Zongo in Accra while a third one has been initiated at Ada awaiting official launch.
The Chief Executive Officer of the NGO, Pastor Alex Gyasi, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the initiative was aimed at improving the standards of education in deprived communities by helping beneficiaries to relearn subjects after school to ensure better understanding.
Mr Gyasi, also the Senior Pastor of Highway of Holiness Church in London from which the NGO was born, said it was necessitated by the fact that it was the responsibility of Christians to help society and not to only rely on prayers for the needed change.
He pointed out that even though the initiative had a Christian background it was opened to all irrespective of religious affiliation.
He said the Mission, established in Ghana in November 2013, derived its support from university graduates and under-graduates who voluntarily gave their time, skills and knowledge to teach the children.
Mr Gyasi said the four-hour classes took pupils through English, Mathematics and Science lessons in addition to moral studies and the provision of free lunch.
The Elmina Branch currently has more than 600 beneficiaries with 30 Volunteer teachers made up of students from the University of Cape Coast and other qualified teachers from Elmina.
Rev. Mrs Joyce Madjitey, Deputy Director of KEEA Municipal Education Office, in Charge of Human Resource Management, commended the initiative and the positive effect on the pupils and urged parents and the society to support the initiative.
Ms. Charity Dogbe, a 22 year old school dropout and mother of two, a beneficiary of the project, expressed gratitude to the Mission for rekindling her desire to go back to school.
Gifts Vouchers were presented to volunteers while the children entertained the audience with cadet parade, cultural display and poetry recitals. GNA