The Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation in partnership with Ashanti professional club has donated hundreds of exercise books and bags to eight selected Junior High Schools (JHS) in deprived remote communities of Atwima Nwabiagya South districts of the Ashanti region.
Each student in all schools where the exercise took place received a school bag and five exercise books each to support their education.
Among the beneficiary schools include Nkwakom M/A JHS, Kyereyaase M/A JHS, Nkontomire, Asakraka, Amadum Adankwame, Ahwiaa, Ntabanu and Akuapem MA/ JHS.
The foundation’s newly appointed Executive Director, Nana Afia Kobi Prempeh used the opportunity to interact with the students shortly and stressed the need for the students to adhere to all the COVID-19 protocol measures government has adopted for their safety against the deadly Coronavirus disease.
Addressing the students, Nana Afia Kobi said, Otumfuo’s commitment towards promoting education in Ashanti Kingdom and Ghana since his ascension to the Asante Golden stool remains unchanged.
“You know since Otumfuo’s ascension to the Asanteman Golden Stool developing education to the global standard is one of his major priority but one of the issues in our education in particular has to do with lack of basic logistics for the students. So, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation in partnership with Ashanti professionals club put these bags and books together to support the school children’’.
She stressed,” think about it some of the children don’t have books to write in to talk about textbooks and all things. So, we decided to come here to check on them and to offer our support to them after the COVID-19 lockdown of schools’’.
Speaking on COVID-19 pandemic and its mode of infection, Nana Afia Kobi urged the school children to adhere to all the adopted protocols the Education Ministry has put in place for their personal safety against the virus by the regular wearing of a nose mask, hand washing and observing Physical social distancing.
“One very important massage Otumfuo said, I should leave with you is that he wants you all alive to accomplish your dreams of becoming medical doctors, Lawyers, Teachers and managing directors of companies in future. However, the COVID-19 pandemic is still sweeping young and adults in an unfortunate manner. So, he said, I should tell you all to wear nose mask and wash your hands under running water and observe physical social distancing’’.
She, however, urged parents to play their part by ensuring their children are taken care of in their respective homes against the virus.
“We are all aware of measures the government has put in place against the virus in various schools. The onus lies on the parents to play their part at their respective homes and communities’’, she stressed.
The school children who were singing songs of praise to the Asantehene over a surprise visit to their schools by his Foundation associated with distribution goodies commended him for the gesture.
“We thank Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, for this surprise visit which we never expected. We thank him for the books and bags he has given us may the almighty God bless him and give him a long life’’
Circuit supervisor for the Atwima Nwabiagya South Manhyia South circuit Edward Adjei Twum, who describes the donation to the remote schools as amazing equally commended Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Foundation for thinking about the children deprived communities in the district.
Nkwakom, Kyereyaase , Nkontomire, Asakraka, Amadum, Adankwame, Ahwiaa, Ntabanu and Akuapem are farming towns so the parent doesn’t have enough money to take care of their children including buying books for their education.
“So, Otumfuo supplying books and bags to the children is an amazing thing the children have seen because they couldn’t imagine they will get something like this from Otumfuo. Otumfuo has done well because he has thought of schools in the remote areas and this is the people who need that support. So… all that I can say is that we thank Otumfuo we pray that the good Lord will protect and guide him so that all his good plans for education in this country will materialized’’.