Global Village Africa (GVA), a non-governmental organisation has installed solar panels and accessory batteries for the Keta Business College (KetaBusco) in the Volta Region.
The 4000 Kilowatt project estimated at GH₵25,000 comes with the installation of eight solar panels and an inventor to provide the energy needs of the school.
It is expected to last for 20 years and under the agreement Usonef Solar Panel Km the entity that installed the systems will offer maintenance services for the period.
The GVA is a network of old students of KetaBusco (CORONATS) who voluntarily raised the money to provide power to the school to promote teaching and learning.
The leader of the group,SitsopeWortordzor, said as old students they decided to give back to their alma mater to promote teaching and learning at the same time imbibe the spirit of voluntarism in the students.
He said the current generation of students needed the support of everyone to succeed adding “Our time was very difficult as we had to depend on hurricane lamps and less infrastructure.
MrWotordzor charged the students not to see themselves as suffering but use the available facilities to make a name for themselves and the image of the school.
Another old student, Dr Simon Harley, said the project makes the schools one of the few schools in the area to be powered by solar energy adding that “science has sufficiently proven that the sun offers every opportunity to develop scientific knowledge.”
Dr Harvey stated that the GVA platform was hatched by the old students to assist the school and stressed that the group expected nothing but academic excellence adding “remember to whom much is given much is expected, you have to excel in your final examinations.”
He charged the school to adopt a strict maintenance culture to attract other benefactors.
He stated that the group had previously donated a 42-inch flat screen television set and a Yamaha keyboard which would go a long way to improve teaching and learning.
MrSeake-Kwawu said one of the nagging challenges confronting the country is energy therefore GVA’s focus on energy could not have come at a better time.
“We are privileged to be the first beneficiary of the solar power that means the students would no longer go to sleep during power outages thus would positively influence academic performance of the students.
The headmaster commended the 1995 year group for donating a 15 horse power electricity generator to the school and the 1982 batch for installing two 5000-liter water tanks for the school.
FROM LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU, KETA