In a significant step towards improving educational infrastructure, the Administrator of Stool Lands, in collaboration with the District Chief Executive (DCE), Traditional Authorities, and Stakeholders in the Asutifi North District of the Ahafo Region, has commissioned three basic school classroom blocks located in Bogyampa, Donkorkrom and Kojokrom. This was made possible through the allocation of 55% of the revenue disbursed to the Assembly. This goes a long way to showcasing a strong commitment to prioritizing education in the region.
The Digitization Drive
The Office is aimed at gradually moving away from the traditional or manual operations to the deployment of electronic systems in the mobilization of stool lands revenue. To this end, all our Regional and District Officers have been trained and equipped with the knowledge and skills to work effectively with our new OASL Revenue App to aid in the effective, efficient mobilization of stool lands revenue across the Country.
Addressing Educational Infrastructure Challenges
Access to quality education is crucial for the overall development of the nation. In Ghana, like many other countries, inadequate educational infrastructure poses a significant challenge, limiting the opportunities available to students. Recognizing this, the collaboration between the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, the DCE, Traditional Authorities, and Stakeholders demonstrates a proactive approach to addressing these challenges and provide a conducive learning environment for students in the District and Region as a whole.
Funding and Collaboration
The successful completion and dedication of the classroom projects to the communities in the District was made possible through the judicious use of the 55% allocation of the revenue disbursed to the Assembly. Prioritizing the development of educational infrastructure for these communities demonstrates a commendable commitment to investing in education.
Speaking at the event, the Administrator of Stool Lands said, ” At this juncture, I would like to single out the Ahafo Region for the judicious use of stool lands revenue for development projects. Typical among the Districts is the Asutifi North District which has over the years undertaken monumental projects with its share of revenue across the District. Today my office is again very honoured to be invited to commission these fully furnished classroom blocks at Bogyampa, Donkorkrom and Kojokrom all aiming at improving education at the basic level.”
Furthermore, the collaborative effort involving the Administrator of Stool Lands, the DCE, Traditional Authorities, and Stakeholders highlights the importance of partnerships in achieving sustainable development. By working together, these stakeholders brought their expertise, resources, and commitment to ensure the successful implementation of these projects.
Impact on Education, the Community and Dispute Resolution
The commissioning of these classroom blocks in District will have a transformative impact on education in these communities. The new infrastructure would provide students with a more conducive learning environment. The availability of adequate classroom space will enable teachers to employ innovative teaching methods, engage students effectively and improve the quality of education.
Additionally, the investment in educational infrastructure would not only benefits the pupil but also contribute to the overall development of the community. A well-educated community is vital for socio-economic progress of the Country and by this, the stakeholders involved in this project have taken a crucial step towards empowering and sustaining our heritage for future generations. She further mentioned that, “the state of land management arrangements in some communities today, coupled with chieftaincy disputes has encouraged individuals or groups without capacity to be allocating (selling) parcels of lands to members of the public thereby undermining the process of good Land Administration. Currently, Newmont Ghana Gold Limited is developing the Ahafo North Mining area which is going to improve significantly the fortunes of the Ahafo Region. I would therefore like to plead with our traditional leaders and community members especially those in that enclave, to at all times resolve their differences through dialogue to promote social cohesion and peace among all. Ahafo area is revered as a beckon of peace. Let us continue to build consensus in all our endeavor to achieve peace in our communities since it is the bed rock of development.”
Sustainability, Community Engagement and Ownership
To ensure the long term sustainability of the infrastructure, it is essential to develop comprehensive maintenance plans to help preserve the quality of the facilities and maximize their lifespan, for future generations to benefit from these initiatives.
By development of schools, Ghana can bridge the education gap, provide equal opportunities for all students and contribute to the overall development of the Country. The collaboration between the Office of the Administrator of Stool Lands, the DCE, Traditional Authorities, and other stakeholders do not only showcase their commitment to education but also fosters a sense of interest in community development. Engaging local leaders and stakeholders in the decision-making process ensured that, the project met the specific needs of the community and promotes sustainable development. This initiative would also serve as a catalyst for inspiring Heads of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) to prioritize education and leverage available resources to develop and improve educational facilities.
Moving forward, the commissioning of these classroom blocks in the District, marks a significant milestone in improving educational infrastructure in the Region. These projects demonstrate the commitment of our leaders and stakeholders to prioritize education, empower students, and foster sustainable development in these communities. She urged the District Assembly and the Ghana Education Service which is the direct beneficiary of these facilities to exhibit good maintenance attitude to extend their life span. By continuing to invest in educational infrastructure, Ghana is paving the way for a brighter future, where every child has access to quality education and the opportunity to thrive.