The MTN Ghana Foundation has commissioned a 200 seater capacity modern library for the New Juaben Senior High Schools in the Eastern region.
The facility also include a 20 seater ICT Center and Teachers common area. In addition, the MTN Ghana Foundation partnered with Huawei Ghana to deploy Fiber broadband to provide Internet Service for the school. The library which will provide over 2,000 students with access to text books, research material and electronic books from reputable databases and publishers was constructed at a cost of GH¢602,150.00.
Speaking at the commissioning at New Juaben in Koforidua, the CEO of MTN Ghana Mr. Selorm Adadevoh said, “the main function of a school library is to develop the reading and research habits of students. It basically fills an information gap and helps to open the world view of students.”
“One day, I believe we will read about some great Ghanaians from this school that have innovated to impact the lives of many. This greatness will not only be linked to Ghana, not only to Africa but the whole world and I hope that we can attribute a part of that to the launch of this modern library facility and ICT center today,” he added.
The headmaster of New Juaben Senior High School, Mr. Frank Obeng Wilson expressed his appreciation to MTN Ghana Foundation for providing the school with a modern library and an ICT center. He said, “the facility will bring relief to both teachers and students who previously used a room in the administration block as library and storage.”
Golda Asante (Ms.) who read a speech on behalf of the Regional Minister commended the MTN Ghana Foundation for the initiative and called on more private organizations to support government’s efforts by implementing projects like the New Juaben Senior High School library and ICT Center. She said, “I was very touched when I heard about the description of your former school Library and how your text books and other reading materials were competing with stores for space and ventilation. It is refreshing to note that, a big dream has come to reality and indeed, history has been made today because this project is very big – has many facilities and I consider it as a game changer for teachers and students of this school.”
Nana Twumasi Dankwa I, Gyaasehene of New Juaben Traditional Council who represented the Omanhene of New Juaben, Daasebre Oti Boateng expressed his gratitude to MTN Ghana Foundation for coming to the aid of New Juaben SHS. He said “MTN Ghana through their initiatives, has demonstrated their commitment to support development in the country and the New Juaben Traditional Council appreciates your efforts”. “We will always support them at any given time.”
The ceremony was attended by Mr Samuel Koranteng, Corporate Services Executive of MTN Ghana, Mrs Nabila Williams, a Board Member of MTN Ghana Foundation, Ethan Liuyang of Huawei Ghana, together with MTN staff volunteers, some Board Members of New Juaben SHS, staff and old students of New Juaben SHS.
Since the inception of the MTN Ghana Foundation in 2007, the Foundation has implemented over 144 major projects in areas of health, education and economic empowerment at a total cost of GHc33 million. These projects are estimated to have impacted over 4 million people.
The Foundation has so far constructed and handed over 26 ICT centers and four libraries. The MTN Foundation also refurbished the Western Regional Library a few years ago.
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