In the last quarter of 2010, my colleague in advocacy Caleb Yaw Obipeh (a youth activist & film freak) paid a visit to a cocoa growing community, ObengKrom in the Western Region of Ghana, His mission- to eagle-eye the community all round and bring back vital data to be processed and give you this information. We are grateful to Caleb, so must you.
ObengKrom is a rural community- with its population of about 100 people, is mainly into cocoa farming, far away from town. Caleb indeed enjoyed every-bit of the mission for He was not surprised on what his eyes beheld, Life in the small community was fun- he could tell from the faces (broad smiles) of the children who readily welcomed Caleb and the team.
Amidst all the fun and excitement, one could easily notice quality education was one of the many basic necessity ObengKrom lacked- let’s hold on on the facilities, the state of the school building alone is nothing to write home about. The existing school structure was put up in 1985- yes, you heard me…lol! And nothing significant has been done to upgrade the state of the school. Rains in the community sent the structure down and a temporary one (which seems to be their final destination- from the look of things) was put up few years ago, that is also not in a good shape at all, don’t even want to talk about roofing.
Rains disrupt and halt studies whenever they fall- they easily get into the class too, why? No windows, no doors- and it houses pupils from the first grade to the sixth grade… what happens next, adulthood? Or it’s up to pupils to leave ObengKrom for school in town miles away- their means of transport is basically by foot or bicycle, which many don’t have! I sure won’t move an inch in such an unpleasant situation, Pupils may get tired on reaching school or even meet the class half way through studies- this and many more deter students from continuing and even de-motivates teachers for their efforts often ends in a No-Result gotten deal. Sad you may say, isn’t this community worthy of benefiting from the GETFUND? When is it reaching them? Am asking, how soon? It’s also ‘in the pipe-line’ I guess.
The School has no Office, okay- it shares a classroom with one of the classes- surprised huh? Forget the black board; forget text books, even exercise books, forget free uniforms- pupils wear tattered uniforms, others in house attire- but, at least its better than staying back at home whiles friends enjoy school? I agree we’ve chalked some success when it comes to making sure we achieve by 2015, Millennium Development Goal 2- achieving Universal Basic Education, by recording an increase in the number of pupils in many schools- thanks to the Capitation Grant and School Feeding Programme. I believe with the zeal and yearn to learn the Pupils and teachers at ObengKrom deserve better. Don’t forget; always have this quote of mine in mind, “Educated People- Educate People”.