A 200-capacity library for the Holy Child College of Education in Takoradi, in the Western Region, has been inaugurated.
The library, built at a cost of GH¢34,236, and funded by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund), forms part of government’s efforts towards improving teaching and learning at the College and the education sector in general.
Construction began in 2006, but halted for years due to funding challenges.
Inauguratingthe project, Professor Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang, Minister of Education, underscored the critical role libraries play in education, and assured of government’s commitment in providing more libraries and improving on the conditions of existing ones.
She said the government remained focused on enhancing the performance of the Colleges of Education, since they were key in producing a critical mass of educators to support the growth of the nation’s education system.
The government, she recalled, recently inaugurated the Governing Councils of the Colleges of Education with the focus of expanding and improving teaching and learning as well as make the governance systems in all the institutions more effective, explaining that that target was part of efforts to enhance the output of the colleges.
“Our expectation is that we will train more people and reduce the percentage of pupil teachers in our schools,” she said.
She said, the Ministry hoped that projects under construction were not unduly delayed so that educational institutions, particularly, Colleges of Education, were aided to deliver on their mandates, adding that “it is our collective responsibility not to rundown our institutions.”
Mrs. Margaret Lemaire, Principal of Holy Child College of Education, for her part, explained that, the project in 2006,suffered some setbacks, due to the choice of site and shortage of funding, however, after series of meetings with the contractor, Cymorg Construction Works Limited and the Ministry, the project resumed in earnest, with funding from the GETFund.
“We are very grateful to the Ministry of Education and the GETFund for making the library project a reality.
“The Library is the nerve center of a tertiary institution and of importance to the College. We can now boast of a library that could seat 200 students and staff, well stocked with current literature in all fields of study. It will greatly enhance teaching, learning and research.” she said.
Mrs. Lemaire assured that the school authorities would properly maintain the library, and promised to collaborate with the sector Ministry and other stakeholders in ensuring that the books were updated regularly for the tutors and student to be abreast of developments in their various disciplines.
From Peter Gbambila,Takoradi