Banniekrom is a deprived town in Takoradi in the Western Region of Ghana and since time immemorial it has not seen development such as schools, good roads, electricity and potable water.
The community with a population is over 800; with about 400 adults are predominantly farmers.
People in the community have had send their children to school and they have to walk from Banniekrom to nearby villages like Odeikrom or Atwima in Takoradi which is about 1.5 kilometers away.
Speaking with Talksafrica.com, Nkosohene of the area, Nana Gyimah Kesseh noted that the people of the town have long not seen development such as schools in the area, thus the willingness of the people to come together to construct a two-classroom block for children below five years to attend Kindergarten.
He mentioned that the school facility also has an office and a storeroom to facilitate teaching and learning in the school.
He thus expressed concern over the worrying situation of having children travel or walk a long distance to study, noting that, it is nothing to write home about.
Nana Kesseh also lamented over the poor state of roads in the area and said that the town people had to join forces to clear the main road leading to nearby villages and nearby communities to enable their children go to school.
The Nkosohene said, “Heaven helps those who help themselves, and our own little efforts to get school block after several years have been fulfilled”.
He, however, appealed to the government and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) to assist the Banniekrom community with the provision of a new school block “for at least the basic level”.
“We call on NGO’s to assist the community with the provision of a new school block which was started by the people in the Banniekrom”, he added.
Chief of Banniekrom, Nana Kwame Manu thanked the Member of Parliament of the area, Hon, Isaac Kwame Asiamah for his immense contribution to the building of the two classroom block, and appealed for more help from the MP.
Planning Committee Chairman of Banniekrom, Francis Darbo said the KG school block can accommodate about 100 students if work is expedited. According to him, the situation has become terrible after the death of one student as a result of an accident, and having to travel from Banniekrom to Atwima Takoradi “because there is no school block avail for school children”.
Some Residents, who recounted how their children walked a long distance to school, could not hide their joy because they cannot wait to have their younger children attend kindergarten in the community without having to walk with their older siblings to other places for education.
By Agnes Melissa Yovo | Talksafrica.com