Eleven basic schools sensitized on personal hygiene
Eleven basic schools in the Greater Accra Region were yesterday sensitized on personal hygiene, as part of activities to climax the International Volunteers Day(IVD), organised by the Korea International Cooperation Agency in the country.
The schools which include Dawhenya Cluster of Schools Basic “1” and “2”, Dawhenya Methodist A&B and Dawhenya D/A Basic School, were presented with personal hygiene items, including soaps, toilet rolls and sanitizers worth $7,000 to both the pupils and the school authorities.
Some developmental partners, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United Nations Volunteers, and Peace Corps Ghana, used the opportunity to educate the children to see volunteerism as a tool for nation-building.
The Country’s Director of KOICA, Mr Dong Hyun Lee said, IVD was celebrated globally to inculcate the spirits of volunteerism, especially in the youths, and urged the school heads to help shape and raise healthy pupils as the bedrock for inclusive and high-quality education.
He said this year’s commemoration with head teachers and the children resonated with their development programmes, highlighting their commitment to deploying volunteers to developing countries under the World Friends Korea (WFK) Programme.
The Acting Country Director, Peace Corps Ghana,Madam Jo Anne Yeager said, the volunteering activities of Peace Corps reinforced the bilateral relationship and culture exchange between Ghana and the United States of America.
She said volunteerism could be used to develop communities, schools and the country when, especially the youth, were educated to embrace volunteerism for national development.
Madam Rita Arhin, Headteacher for Dawhenya Methodist ‘B’ School, commended the volunteers for their support and the provision of ICT facilities to the schools.
The International Volunteer Day is observed annually on December 5, and it is a United Nations initiative designed to inspire volunteer-involving organisations and individuals to champion volunteerism.
The Day also aims to encourage governments to actively support volunteer efforts and acknowledge the invaluable contributions of volunteers toward the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on local, national, and international scales.
KOICA Ghana supports and executes development programmes in four key sectoral areas: Public Health, Agricultural & Rural Development, Education, and Governance. Among their ongoing flagship projects is the Implementation of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) in Ghana, designed to enhance health security measures.
BY BERNARD BENGHAN