The Canadian Teachers Federation (CTF), in partnership with the Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT), had donated assorted educational materials to the Damolgo Primary School in the Nabdam District of the Upper East Region.
The materials, which cost 2,500 dollars, included boxes of chalk, pens, pencils, books, crayons, dusters, A4 sheets, footballs amongst others.
Two other schools in the Brong-Ahafo and Northern Regions, would also benefit from the donation.
The donation formed part of efforts to enhance quality teaching and learning in deprived community schools.
Mr Joseph Jarrett, Team Leader of the CTF who presented the gifts at a mini durbar at the school’s premises on Wednesday, said his outfit which has a teacher-population of 125,000 in Canada, prioritized education as key to development, and so it was necessary to present school supplies to promote quality teaching and learning in the country.
He said, the CTF after undertaking similar donation exercise last year in Accra, Takoradi and Cape Coast, identified some challenges, such as the unavailability of teaching and learning materials that confronted schools which negatively affected teaching and learning.
“The federation believes that it is important to assist teachers in Ghana so money was raised from school children in Canada to help in the programme,” he said.
Mr Abugre Maxwell, Headteacher of the School, expressed gratitude to the CTF and GNAT for their support, and said the items would be put to good use.
“The school has a pupil-population of 234 and five teachers,” he said, adding that it was challenged with inadequate classrooms and teaching and learning materials.
Mr Thomas Baafi, the Deputy General Secretary in charge of Education and Professional Development at GNAT, disclosed that GNAT and its partners, were implanting the Nkabom project which staff of Damolgo Primary School, including some five other deprived community schools in the region would benefit from in-service training in numeracy, literacy and school management.
According to him, teachers played pivotal roles in the teaching and learning process, and said, “this year, about 300 teachers drawn from four regions including the Upper East, Upper West, Northern and Brong-Ahafo Regions, were benefiting from similar training workshops.” GNA