The project, estimated at GH¢7 million, involves the building of the model schools in deprived communities to promote education in the country.
The model schools would be built in communities in the Greater Accra, Volta, Central, Eastern and Northern regions.
Speaking at a ground breaking ceremony at the Agbogba Anglican Basic School in Accra to mark the commencement of the construction of the model school for that community, Mr. Alex Asiedu, Chairman of Africa Thriving Int. explained that the five model schools were expected to be ready in 2017.
He said the Agbogba model school, which is expected to transform teaching and learning would cost GH¢ 1.4 million.
He said education was the bedrock of every nation hence the need to attach importance to building infrastructure and provision of tools needed to enhance learning, adding that “life is not worth living if wealth gained cannot be given back to support society.”
“Coming from a humble beginning, it is our way of giving back to society. Our commitment to leading continental and global transformation at all levels of society can only be realised when the youngest citizens of our countries are given better footing through education,” he said.
He said the schools would be stocked with computers, laptops and other technological tools to enhance learning.
Mr. Morgan Asiedu, Executive Director of Ecobank Ghana said the two institutions decided to join forces to help reinforce the importance of quality education to sustainable economic development.
He was optimistic that the model school project would impact the lives of several people and families and future generations.
“Agbogba is going to be different because we are changing the learning environment of more than 800 pupils and that of generations to come,” he said.
Ms. Julie Essiam, CEO of Ecobank Foundation, for her part, said enhancing education infrastructure is one of the pFime objectives of the foundation.
She called on other private institutions to collaborate with the foundation to expand the initiative to all regions in Ghana.
“Between Ecobank Foundation and African Thriving, our contribution will not be limited to needed infrastructure. We will work with schools, the communities and all stakeholders to enhance this process of transformation,” she said.
By David Adadevoh