The 2nd lady, Mrs. Matilda Amissah Arthur, has called on residents of the Ahafo area to see the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation ( QUIBS) project as theirs, because it is instituted to help people in the mining communities with educational scholarships.
She said Education is everything; it opens the doors to a completely new world and opportunities for people to harness.
She made the point as the Special Guest of Honour on the Launching of the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation Launch of QUIBS project in Kenyase in the Brong Ahafo region.
The Second Lady called on school children in the area to make good use of the resources and to take advantage of the opportunities that has been given them.
Mrs. AmissahArthur said education is what would transform people, their communities, societies their nations and the world.
Mrs. Amissah-Arthur further stated that this has come at a great time, a time when the UN is moving to the end of the Millennium Development Goals (SDGs).
Adding that Millennium Goal 4 is at the heart of everything; “ensuring equitable quality education and promoting life –long learning opportunities for all by 2030”
She said most of the time when we talk about quality education we only think of classrooms ,teachers , books , science labs and computers; forgetting “the promotion of reading by encouraging the use of libraries”. Libraries, she said, would play a very important role in providing quality education and long life learning.
Mrs. Amissah Arthur said the QUIBS is a very good example of community participation.
She said they must also meet and discuss how funds should be used and agree on the various projects. Adding that community participation is highly recommended.
The Second Lady said another key activity is “Effective supervision and regular assessment for improved performance of the selected schools sustainability, together with sustainability of the project which is very important, so that the grand idea about the project is not left to die”.
Mrs. Amissah Arthur said “the project is a good initiative. Newmont, NADEF, the District Assembly and the Ghana education Service have the responsibility of ensuring that the project is not only successful but have come to stay.”
NADeF, since its inception has given 6000 scholarships to community students and has a Board of Trustees of the Newmont Ahafo Development Foundation, chaired by Ms. Monica Nkrumah who directed the implementation of the programme initiated by Newmont Ghana Gold Limited and the Ahafo Mine Community.
Approval has also been given for start-up activities of economic empowerment that is hoped to generate transformational choices within the Community.