United Way Ghana, an NGO focused on promoting education has mobilised volunteers from corporate Ghana to provide educational facilities, counseling and training to pupils in Accra and Kumasi.
The outreach programme which was themed: ‘Unite for Education’, brought together over 70 volunteers from Stanbic Bank and African American Association of Ghana who invested their time and energy to engage students from kindergarten to upper primary in literacy activities such as reading, comprehension and storytelling. Students in the junior high level also received rounds of talk on life and career guidance.
Beneficiary schools in Accra include the Kotobabi Cluster of Schools, consisting of Kanda North Primary, Wilberforce Primary, Ayebeng Memorial A&B Primary and Unity Junior High School; the Great Kwame Nkrumah Memorial School in Chorkor and in Kumasi, the J.M Basic School in Asawase.
In all, over 2300 pupils benefitted from the Day of Caring 2018 event.
Besides the educational support, some of the volunteers helped in cleaning, painting and rearranging the books in the schools’ library in convenient order.
Teachers were also given financial literacy training by financial experts from Stanbic Bank, touching on interest rates and long-term investment strategies.
Commenting on the event, Head teacher of Unity Junior High, Alhaj Armah Abubakar, expressed his delight about the programme, saying, it will go a long way to build confidence in the pupils, adding, the financial interaction will help teachers in their financial management.
“We are grateful for the literacy skills education and resources given to the children because it confirms the regular advice from teachers, and for it to also come from resource persons, they have been deeply motivated,” Alhaji Armah said.
Sharing his thoughts on how the programme benefitted them, Elijah Gbologah, a pupil at Unity J.H.S in Kotobabi said: “I am happy for the fruitful advice from the volunteers today. They talked about issues some of us were facing like peer pressure and drug abuse. With this new knowledge I have now, I will stop being disobedient and listen more to teachers to make it in life.”
Acting Director of United Way Ghana, Janet L. Butler, said the relevance of the event is to use corporate Ghana to motivate young students to improve their commitment to studies and prepare for the future.
“Day of Caring is a long running tradition through which we partner with businesses to further demonstrate their values to the communities they serve through personal engagement and impact,” she said.
Communications Manager at Stanbic Bank, Kojo Larbi, said the programme fall in line with the bank’s corporate social responsibility, hence, the support.
“Day of Caring is one of the ways we can give back to society by volunteering our time and expertise to social development, as part of our corporate social responsibility efforts,” he said.
Day of Caring 2018 was sponsored by Stanbic Bank, and supported by Promasidor Ghana, Robert & Sons Optical Services, Silver Star Auto and Top Dog Africa.
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Unite for Education campaign forms part of United Way Ghana’s overarching Improving Basic Education (IBE) programme aimed at complementing quality basic education and creating an enabling learning environment in schools through the provision of learning materials, literacy activities, teacher training, scholarships, digital skills, community engagement and improving school governance. IBE has positively impacted over 13,000 people since it was established in 2003.
Through IBE, United Way Ghana is contributing to advancing the Sustainable Development Goal 4 on Education that advocates for inclusive and equitable quality education to promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.
With quality education being an integral enabler of sustainable development, United Way Ghana’s efforts is helping the country to achieve the SDG 4 targets of improving access to quality education and making schools safer and enabling to shape the future of young children positively.
Since 2006, United Way Ghana has organised twelve Day of Caring events, with support from 2,370 volunteers to impact the lives of 14,300 people nationwide. Day of Caring, also termed as Day of Action, is marked by more than 40 countries and territories worldwide where United Way has presence.