ARII and Ecobank Foundation have pledged to build five state-of-the-art basic schools in different regions in Ghana with each valued at GH¢1.4million.
The focus of ARII and partners is to to lead a continental and global transformation at all levels of society.
Data from the Institute for Statistics (UIS) of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has it that for the 2013 school year, 124 million children and young adolescents aged between six and 15 either never started school or dropped out of school.
Touching on the principles of the Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, Chief Executive Officer of Ecobank Foundation, Ms. Julie Essiam, said stakeholders in education could not remain inactive while the building blocks of Dr Nkrumah’s educational legacy crumble.
According to her, it was imperative to join forces to bring sound and quality education closer to deprived communities. “Like Dr Nkrumah, we understand that delivery and access are essential ingredients to allow present and future generations to transform Ghana and Africa,” she added.
Ms. Essiam lamented the disappointing school-going ratios in Ghana and hoped that the project would help reduce them considerably.
“We know that one in eight children in Ghana and across Africa and the developing world are not in school so with this partnership and the birth of this movement, today marks the beginning of positive steps to reducing the ratio,” she added.
She warned that Ghana would fail in its development efforts if “12.5percent of our children lag behind in education, resulting in 25percent of them unable to read and write in their youth.”
Executive Director at Ecobank Ghana, Morgan Asiedu, was delighted that these institutions have joined forces to help reinforce the importance of quality education in Ghana. He also touched on Ecobank’s consistent efforts of reaching out to assist the poor, needy and marginalised.
“We have provided drugs, scholarships to needy-but-brilliant children, drilled boreholes in schools and communities and provided infrastructure where there was the need,” he emphasised.
The event was graced by high profile personalities from across Africa. In attendance were; Julie Essiam, Group Head of Human Resources for Ecobank Transnational Incorporated, the parent company of the Ecobank Group present in 39 countries, Mr. Morgan Asiedu is the Ecobank Ghana, Executive Director for Human Resources, Legal, and Compliance, Most Rev. Dr. Robert Aboagye-Mensah, Former Presiding Bishop of the Methodist Church Ghana, Rev. Prof. Edwin Korley, Ghana’s Representative at the Universal Peace Federation of UN/Rector, Manna University College, Mr. James Ntim Amponsah, Former Deputy Controller and Accountant General (Treasuries/ ICTM), Republic of Ghana/member of the International Leadership of ARII, Mr. Owusu Amoah, member of the International Leadership of ARII, Mr. Emmanuel Dei-Tumi, CEO, The Future Leaders Group/ARII Ambassador.