Mr. Raphael Kwashie (3rd from right), Director of St Francis College of Education, Hohoe in the Volta region, receiving a check for GH ¢ 22,000 from Ms. Phillipa Larsen (2nd from left), President of GNAT. With them are Mr. Thomas T. Musah (left), Secretary General of GNAT, and representatives of the beneficiary institutions.
The Ghana National Teachers Association (GNAT) supported seven science-oriented educational colleges with GH ¢ 154,000 for the purchase of equipment for teacher training.
Each of the seven colleges received 22,000 GH ¢.
The beneficiary institutions are the St John Bosco College of Education in Navrongo in the Haut-Est region; the Presbyterian College of Education, Kibi, Eastern Region; the Bagabaga College of Education, northern region; Wesley College of Education, Kumasi; St Francis College of Education, Hohoe, Volta region; Nusrat Jahan Ahmadiyya College of Education, Wa, Upper West Region; and OLA College of Education, Central Region.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony yesterday, GNAT General Secretary Thomas Tanko Musah said the association was making the presentation taking into account its mandate to strive to improve the conditions of service of its members, as well as to ensure supplements, such as the payment of professional allowances and their general well-being.
He mentioned some of the social interventions such as instituting affordable housing programs for teachers to enable them to own homes, providing affordable transportation to GNAT members to facilitate their movement, as well as their upgrading. , promotion, payment of transfer subsidies. , maintenance allowance and responsibility allowance.
“So it is within the framework of friendship, of commitment to the cause of education in teaching colleges in schools in Ghana in general and the demonstration of our feeling that GNAT is helping the seven institutions, ”Musah explained.
That, he said, was to allow colleges to fill gaps such as infrastructure / science equipment, laboratories and other needs as they arise.
“We hope that the money will be used for the purposes intended,” he said, adding that the gesture was to increase and complement any help these institutions have received and continue to receive from the government and other parties. stakeholders in the educational enterprise of the country, “he added.
Section four of the Colleges of Education Act, 2012, he said, required institutions to establish, among other things, well-equipped resource centers where staff, students and practicing teachers would be helped to acquire skills to create and use teaching and learning. materials for effective classroom instruction.
“It should also be noted that Article 3 (1g) of the GNAT Constitution as amended in 2018 directs the association to assist educational colleges,” he said.
For her part, GNAT President Ms Phillipa Larsen said the association already had plans to see how it could best support graduate schools, as this was part of its corporate social responsibility.
“We know you trained us, and besides you train our members for us. Without the necessary requirements, equipment and gadgets, you won’t be able to deliver the best training you want, ”she said.
On behalf of the seven institutions, the Director of the St Francis College of Education, Mr. Raphael Kwashie, thanked GNAT for what he called a “wonderful gesture”.
The support came at the right time, Kwashie said, as some colleges struggled to get the equipment needed to train students.
“I have to say that I am overwhelmed by this presentation and we say a very big thank you to GNAT for the gesture,” he said.
He pledged the colleges’ commitment to make maximum use of the donation for the purchase of equipment for the benefit of students and their training, which would benefit the country in general.