Basic Schools in Ghana are Benefiting from Tigo Shelter for Education
The 2014 Ghana Telecom Awards Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Company of the Year, Tigo, has launched its new CSR programme, Shelter 4 Education.
Shelter 4 Education will see the Tigo put up six unit classroom blocks with Headmaster’s office, Staff common room and a KVIP for some selected schools in makeshift structures or in need of renovation across the country.
At the launch of the programme which was also the handing over of the project, the entire communities of Obeng Yaw and Adeiso in the Eastern region went into a fanfare when Tigo unveiled a fully furnished six unit classroom block with Headmaster’s office and Teacher’s Common room.
This replaces their makeshift structure which dates back to the 1960s and has seen little renovation over the decades.
The company also provided all the teachers with fully connected mobile phones whilst the pupils each received two school uniforms, exercise books and Tigo branded souvenirs.
The Head of Corporate Communications and Social Responsibility for Tigo, Gifty Bingley, revealed Shelter for Education is a multi-million dollar project which will transform education in the selected communities.
“Education has over the years been a priority for us, our ‘Change Leader programme’ for instance supports various young entrepreneurs to improve teaching and learning among in deprived communities.
“One of our goals for this project is to see Ghana advance on the Millennium Development Goals now the Sustainability Goals in particular Goal two on Achieving Universal Primary Education, she said.”
The CEO for Tigo, Roshi Motman, underscored the importance of education in improving living standards and reducing poverty.
“Education is key in building a nation and for Tigo as a caring brand, we want to contribute in shaping the lives of these children – helping them to build their dreams right from the basic level. Our hope is that by providing them with a conducive environment, they can concentrate on their studies and have a brighter future,” she said.
A total of six schools across the country have already been selected. They include Obeng Yaw Basic school in Adeiso in the Eastern region; Tupaa Basic School in the GA South Municipality of the Greater Accra region; St Joseph Basic School in Obuasi and Ehiawoanwu Basic School in Ejura – both in the Ashanti region; the African Faith primary school in Banda Ahenkro in the Brong Ahafo region and Dimabi LA Basic School in the Northern region.
The project has also been documented as a television series and will soon air on leading networks with nationwide coverage.