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An NGO group, Akuapem Hills Education Trust Fund, based in Akropong–Akuapem met at the Akuapem Hills Royal Preparatory School (AHPSCO), in Akropong to devise means and strategies in soliciting for funds to help develop the educational needs of Royal Preparatory group of schools, a rapid growing institution at the Akuapem ridge.
Speaking to the ISD News Desk, the Chief Executive officer of the group, Mr. Emmanuel V. Nii Tackie-Yaoboi, a teacher by profession but currently domicile in the United Kingdom said the ultimate objective was to build an institution in all the four corners of ridge in order to address the falling standards of education in Akuapem.
He further explained that the idea was not to create schools that would carter for the needs of the privilege few but also to establish scholarship package to brilliant but needy children who represented one third of children of school going age on the area.
Mr. Tackie-Yaoboi also indicated that he had already started the campaign in UK where he currently teaches.
He explained that at two separate fund raising ceremonies, one at his local church in South Devon, Chudleigh and the other by his tennis club raised an amount of 620 and 142 pounds respectively.
Meanwhile, through his own ingenuity, he has dug a borehole at both schools in Akropong to carter for the basic needs of the students. He said he had used over 2000 pounds of his personal money to cover the purchase and shipping of about 280 chairs from England to Akropong which were yet to arrive.
Mr Tackie Yaoboi explained that plans were far advanced for the overall development of AHPSCO when the programme eventually Rolls up. He announced packages including an on-the-job training and certification of untrained-teacher employee in AHPSCO, scholarship for the education and support of pupils with special educational needs and those from disadvantaged background attending AHPSCO, adding the system would create room for literacy, numeracy and ICT evening classes for school dropouts in and around Akropong-Akuapem township.
He called on all well wishers, corporate bodies, NGOs and individuals who hailed from Akuapem to come to the aid of AHPSETFUND to help develop and propel the fallen educational standard in the area.
Source: ISD (Samuel Yaokumah)