Headteacher of Pakyi Basic School
Frank Gyami, Headteacher of the Pakyi community’s Primary School, tells how ICI’s intervention in his community has allowed local empowerment and greater awareness amongst parents of the importance of schooling.
“My name is Frank Gyamfi the Headteacher of Pakyi D/A Primary School. Before ICI introduced its project to the community some parents sent their wards to schools in Nkrumah about 3km away and were irregular to school due to the distance.
Some children were unwilling to enrol in school and those who were in school attend school irregularly and come to school late.
The project awareness raising exercise has brought change to the community. The school in February 2016 has admitted 42 pupils out of which 18 are boys and 24 girls. Many of these children were not enrolled in school and few of them who were irregularly schooling at Nkrumah had return to school in the community.
The pupils are now punctual and lateness to school has reduced. The Community Child Protection Committee and SMC/PTA Executives are working diligently together to ensure the Junior High School’s three classrooms are completed on time and this has also inspired the teachers to do their best possible to support the community to fully implement the education and child protection issues in their Community Action Programme.”
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