GFP Ghana, a local branch of the international NGO, Generations for Peace, headquartered in Jordan, has commemorated International Volunteer Day by joining students of the Bethel Presby Primary and JHS, to paint the under-served school at Otano in the Greater Accra Region.
The gesture took place on Friday, 14th December, 2018.
Naa Adei-Boateng of GFP Ghana said the exercise formed part of activities to mark the 2018 International Volunteer Day which is celebrated on every 5th of December.
She said the school is a potentially good school that produces good results every year, yet its physical appearance is not encouraging.
“We chose to give the Bethel Presby School at Otano a face-lift because, we at GFP believe strongly that education is the key to building resilient communities across the world” Mrs Adei-Boateng said.
According to her, the environment school children study in goes a long way to affect their academic performance.
“As volunteers who are dedicated towards service to humanity and cascading the “pass it on” mantra, GFP Ghana decided to serve the community by executing its IVD project of engaging students from the school to paint the whole school” she said.
The Generations For Peace – Ghana team also had the chance to interact and educate the students on the need to maintain a peaceful atmosphere and tolerate one another irrespective of age and grade of class, the importance of maintaining a peaceful ambiance and how negotiations or confrontations are good tools for peace and development.
They were also trained on their personal development and growth in the 21st century. Students had the chance to ask any questions bothering them.
Volunteers made their presence very useful by either participating in the painting process, interviews, interacting with the school community or even engaging in arts and designs.
“Our efforts received warm appreciation from the entire school community as some of the students shared their sentiments with our facilitators. Indeed, the smiles on the faces of the entire school community indicated that they would always want to receive the GFP Ghana team each and every day, as they snacked on their refreshments whilst leaving the auditorium” Mrs Adei-Boateng noted.
She said GFP Ghana is so much fulfilled and enthused about humanity, and is always ready to pick up its tools for action.
“This explains why we keep surveying to find out issues affecting our communities and putting our heads together towards best possible ways of addressing them” she added.
The Girls Education Officer at the Adentan Municipal Education Office, Stephanie Mirekua Asante, commended Generations for Peace Ghana for their kind gesture.
She said the school had been in a deplorable state, and thus called on all stakeholders to assist in improving the school.