Cocoa is Ghana

Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has donated 6-Unit Classroom Blocks to nine cocoa–growing communities in the country under the COCOBOD Child Education Support Programme with focus on building schools in deprived cocoa-growing communities to enhance access to basic quality education, as well as, address factors that cause child-absenteeism in cocoa communities.

At a symbolic commissioning ceremony at Obosomase in the Agona East District of the Central Region, where one of the school building projects is located, the Chief Executive of COCOBOD, in a speech read on his behalf by Mr. Emmanuel Opoku, Deputy Chief Executive in charge of Operations explained that COCOBOD, in 2014 decided to build school facilities in deprived cocoa-communities to encourage parents to send their wards to school.

We identified cocoa communities that lacked school infrastructure to provide new school buildings to remove the stress of children walking long distances to access school. We intended to create a conducive atmosphere that promotes learning for our children to study so that we can achieve the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 4, which requires access and quality education for all, he emphasized.

Hon. Joseph Boahen Aidoo further revealed that each of the school buildings comprises a 6-Unit classroom block, Crèche/Kindergarten 1 and 2, and a Head Teacher’s office with a Secretariat. He said other ancillary facilities include good drainage system, restroom/toilet, and borehole water systems equipped with hand pumps. Hon. Boahen Aidoo assured that the COCOBOD Child Education Support Programme will be sustained to enhance access to basic education in cocoa-growing areas.

Receiving the keys to the school block, the Agona East District Chief Executive, Hon Dennis Armah Frempong thanked COCOBOD for the initiative which, according to him, has taken a huge burden off the shoulders of government and the Assembly. Hon Armah encouraged parents to ensure that their wards are punctual and regular at school and urged the pupils to take their lessons seriously.

For his part, the Headmaster of the Obosomase Anglican Basic School, Mr. Iddriss Siraj was full of praise for the new state-of-the-art facility adding, it would go a long way to address child-absenteeism and low academic performance of the school.

The other eight communities which have benefitted under the 1st phase of implementation of the COCOBOD Child Education Support Programme are Appiahkrom (in the Juaso District of the Ashanti Region), Senchiem (in the Assin Fosu District of the Central Region), Akutreso (Adansi South District of the Ashanti Region), Nsonnan (in the Agona West District of the Central Region), Twifo Heman (in the Twifo Praso District of the Central Region), Attakrom (in the Sunyani District of the Brong Ahafo Region), Bomponso (in the New Tafo District of the Eastern Region), and Sefwi Kaase (In the Bia East District of the Western Region).