AngloGold Ashanti Ghana Limited, in collaboration with the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation and the Obuasi Municipal and East Educational Directorates, have launched a Live Radio and Distance Learning Programme in Obuasi, as a response to the education crisis in Ghana due to COVID-19.
The mine, through this partnership supported the Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation with an amount of One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Ghana Cedis (150,000) to purchase and distribute 10,000 copies of Readers and Workbooks to Junior High School Students in their host communities.
According to the Senior Manager, Sustainability, Mr. Emmanuel Baidoo, the mine and its major stakeholders are riding on the back of AGAG’S vibrant come back to spearhead developmental efforts in Obuasi.
“AGA and its stakeholders decided to use the mine’s coming as a catalyst to facilitate developmental efforts in Obuasi and this could be achieved by diversifying the economy of Obuasi”, he said.
Dr. Thomas Agyarko Opoku, the Executive Director for Otumfuo Osei Tutu II Charity Foundation, mentioned that, the Foundation have purported to distribute 5 million books to students for 3 years and in the Adansi enclave, AGAG decided to take up the cost for schools in the Adansi communities.
“Last year we decided that in the next 3 years, we will donate 5 million books to students. Since the outbreak of the virus, we decided to find ways to let the books reach the students in their homes.”
According to Dr. Thomas Agyarko Opoku, no parent will receive the books on behalf of the ward; but the distribution will be done in the presence of the respective Assembly members and Chiefs.
“We will hand it over to the students themselves. We will meet the communities in the presence of their Assembly members and chiefs and hand over the books to the students”, he reiterated.