11 January 2013

Ghana: Japan Supports Construction of Boys' Dorm for Winneba SHS'

The Government of Japan, under the Japanese Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Projects (GGHSP) scheme, is funding the construction of Boys' Dormitory for Winneba Senior High School (SHS) with a grant of GH¢440,480 ($235,400).

The project being implemented by Row Education and Programs, a Ghanaian-based Nongovernment Organisation (NGO) would ensure the construction of the 13-room dormitory block with sanitary facilities for the Winneba SHS in the Central Region.

After the completion of the school block, an estimated number of 160 students are expected to benefit whilst pursuing their secondary level.

Since the school's establishment in 1949, it has over seen progressive academic performance and patronage of students from other parts of the West African country. Although, it is highly recommended for pursuing secondary level education, unfortunately, the academic institution has been put under pressure due to the limited facilities available to accommodate all the students admitted.

Currently, the boys' dormitory faces immense overcrowding. Its bed capacity is currently accommodating male boarders up to about 700.

Signing the grant at the Japanese Embassy in Accra, Ghana, yesterday, the Japanese Ambassador to Ghana, Mr. Naoto Nikai stated that the embassy was more than happy to support the project.

He was quick to note that the additional dormitory block will provide a decent resting place for the students and also be able to prevent easy spreading of communicable diseases which may occur due to overcrowding.

Mr. Nikai, however, mentioned that the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) of the Winneba SHS was providing the necessary furniture to furnish the dormitory after its completion.

The Japanese Ambassador thanked the Row Education and Programs, Winneba SHS, and the Effutu Municipal Assembly for ensuring that the project becomes reality.

On his part, the Executive Secretary of Row Education and Programs, Mr Wilson Odoom said: "It is the belief of partners in this project that students should be day students only out of option but never because there are no facilities."

He continued that male students of the school could now heave a sight of relieve as the project will be delivered on time.

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