MTN Ghana Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of telecommunication company, MTN Ghana, has provided learning materials to over 300 school children.
The items, which include, exercise books, reading materials, pens, pencils, school bags and other relevant educational materials were donated to the Awukugua Methodist Primary and Abiriw SDA Basic Schools in the Okere District of the Eastern Region.
The donation formed part of activities dubbed: “Headstart, Back to School supply drive’’ and it’s an initiative of MTN Ghana Foundation in collaboration with TopDog Foundation, a non-governmental organisation (NGO).
The Executive Secretary of MTN Ghana Foundation, Mr. Robert Kuzoe, said the donation formed part of activities by MTN Foundation to improve education in the country and to commemorate the International literacy Day marked every 8th September by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
He said MTN wants to improve the literacy rate, which currently stands at 76 per cent, by the statistics gathered by UNESCO.
“Literacy is at the heart of basic education, essential for reducing child mortality, achieving gender equality and ensuring sustainable development,” he emphasised.
Mr Kuzoe said the materials presented to the pupils would give them opportunity to engage themselves in “play and learn” activities and that will help improve their Literacy skills.
He indicated that he was hopeful the initiative would excite the children and get them to be punctual in school, which will awaken their interest in reading and writing and improve their academic performance.
He then advised the pupils to continue studying hard to be more beneficial to their society and country in the near future.