The June 1994 batch of Assin Manso Senior High School (SHS) on Saturday September, 5, 2020, donated several items wealth over Thirty Thousand Ghana Cedis (Ghc 30,000.00) to their alma-mater.
The items which includes; four foldable ward screens, drip stands, bedside cabinets, medical trolley, pulse oximetre, several gallons of liquid soaps, boxes of tissues papers, hundreds of face shield, and many others were handed over to the school authorities to assist them in the fight against the spread of COVID-19.
The June 1994 old students also handed over a newly constructed borehole, as well as the keys to the renovated mechanize borehole officially to the school to serve it water needs.
Two old students; Ms Doris Dansowaah and Mr. Stephen Kankam who presented the items on behalf of the June 1994 batch could not hide their joy and enthusiasm for been able to construct and additional borehole and also renovating the existing mechanize borehole which was out of service for some time now.
According to MS Dansowaah their year group somewhere in February this year 2020, heard the school appealing for support from old students and other philanthropists in easing some challenges of the school more especially during this COVID-19 era to make teaching and learning very conducive and attractive for both teachers and students.
“It was this humble appeal that touched our hearts and minds to give back to the school which have impacted our lives positively” MS Dansowaah explained.
Mr. Kankam further assured the school authorities of their readiness to support the school whenever the need arise and this would not be the end of their contribution to the school since the group is still considering others projects to come up with in making sure that, Assin Manso SHS get the best form of educational infrastructure and others teaching learning materials for both students and teachers to help produce best students for Ghana as it has been doing in the years past.
He added that, it has been part of their plans as old students of Assin Manso SHS to give back to the school considering the good training and education the school impacted in their lives and how it has also influenced lives in general by placing them better on life ladder
“We could not have sat unconcerned about the challenges the school was facing. It’s our duty to come in to assist the school in times of need, more especially when the whole country is faced with the deadly corona virus pandemic.
Ms Dansowaah and Mr Kankam took the opportunity to advise the students to take their studies very seriously and take advantage of everything at their disposal in making sure that they succeed in their journey of school life which would also urge them on to a better future for themselves and Ghana at large.
They finally urged the administrators of the school to practice a culture of maintenance in all times in order to take good care of all properties of the school including the donated items to serve its long term purpose for which it was intended for.
Receiving the items on behalf of staff and students, the headmaster of the school, Mr. Eric Nyarko expressed his joy and appreciation of the kind gesture to the June 1994 batch of the school for responding to the appeal made publicly earlier this year, 2020.
He assured that, proper care would be taken of all received items as it is expected for a longer and best usage by all staff and students to help improve the academic activities of the school.
The headmaster together with the Parents Teacher Association (PTA) chairman Mr. Appiah Kubi, the circuit supervisor for Abura-Dunkwa, Nana Boafo, the two assistant heads -Mr. J.L Aquah and Mrs. Beatrice Yeboah, Mr Paul Afoakwa and the Senior Staff nurse Sarah Phylis Essien in one accord thanked the old students for their prompt response to their request and asked the remaining old students of the school to emulate the good example of June 1994 batch.
Mr. Nyarko said a school which was established in 1965 till now has really produced a number of students and are at various positions in life which he himself is also a product and therefore urging everyone to come on board in contributing their quota to the development of the school since government alone cannot bear all the responsibilities and challenges of all schools across the country.
He also called on philanthropists, private Organizations, NGOs and others to come to their aid in completing some ongoing projects of the school.
The headmaster further explained that, there have been some abandoned classrooms projects since 2011 till now whilst other projects are also at various completion stages but has left unattended to, for whatever unknown reasons.
He also touched on an emergency boys dormitory that was commenced last year October, 2019, which was expected to be completed within six months from the commencement of work but it is at the foundation stage more than year after the sod-cutting and therefore called on GetFund to intensify their supervision and monitoring activities to keep contractors of these projects active to complete them so as to help eliminate the double track system of education from the school sine that classrooms can contain all the students when completed .
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH