Mining giant, Anglogold Ashanti, is partnering Otumfuo Osei Tutu Charity Foundation to introduce basic school children to distance learning via radio.
Over 10,000 targeted Class Six pupils and Junior High students will be assisted to improve standards in five districts of the Adansi and Amansie Traditional Areas.
The initiative is meant to reduce the impact of Covid-19 on teaching and learning, especially, in rural communities.
Average Basic Education Certificate Examination performance of schools in participating districts stands at 80 per cent.
” This is actually a stop-gap measure or an intervention they rolled out to ensure that whilst because of Covid-19 children are at home, the third term is somehow missing on the education calendar for this academic year, the children will not miss much,” says Emmanuel Baidoo, the Senior Sustainability Manager of AngloGold Ashanti.
Partners, including education directorates in the respective districts, want to take it to 90 per cent in the next edition.
Anglogold Ashanti launched its social management plan, last year, to leverage social responsibility aimed at diversifying Obuasi’s economy.
A key component of the scheme is improvement of education in the mine’s catchment area.
Beneficiaries of the partnership programme will also receive, at least, three supplementary English and Math reading and workbooks for free.
The mining company has already released GH150,000 for the project, in addition to provision of motorbikes to education Circuit Supervisors.
Source: Ohemeng Tawiah