Mr. Gail Grant, a Swiss philanthropist, has built a computer laboratory for the pupils at Kakumdo MA Basic School in the Cape Coast North Constituency of the Central Region.
The 18- seater facility is equipped with a printer, projector and a photocopier machine to enhance the teaching and learning of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), and Science in the school.
Speaking at a short ceremony to commission the laboratory, Mr. Grant explained that education had gradually shifted from the period of limiting teaching and learning to the classroom, to an ICT stage and pupils at the basic school level should not be deprived of such opportunity.
The philanthropist stated that the gesture was in fulfilment of a discussion he had with the authorities of the school about four years ago on how to improve on the academic standards of the school.
He said he was committed to contributing to the development of the community, especially, improving on the quality of education in the area.
Mr. Grant expressed his gratitude to the chiefs and people of Kakumdo for a warm welcome and assured of a fruitful relationship.
He appealed to the school authorities to take good care of the facility.
Mr. Joseph Kingsley Akwaboah, the headmaster of the School, commended Mr. Grant and his team for the assistance and appealed for more.
Mr. Akwaboah said the school’s best grade of aggregate 27 has dropped to aggregate15 due to the infrastructural support it received from Mr. Grant, and another philanthropist, and gave the assurance that the facility would be maintained.
He stated that the school planned to build a skills training centre to train pupils in dressmaking, carpentry, catering and masonry, so that pupils who were not able further their education after JHS could start a trade on their own to ease the financial burden on their parents and the AGovernment.
Nana Ekow Nketia II, Tufohen of Kakumdo, advised parents to be more concerned about the welfare of their wards and ensure that they did not lack anything that could impede their academic work.
Mr. Grant was enstooled the “Nkosohen” of Kakumdo in recognition of his contribution to the development of the area.
His stool name is Nana Tenagyei I. GNA