The Australian High Commission in collaboration with Professional Network Association (ProNet), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has commissioned and handed over an ultra-modern Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) facility to Anani International School.
Anani International School, located in Nima, a deprived suburb in Greater Accra, received the project through the benevolent gesture of the wife of the immediate past former High Commissioner to Ghana
Addressing the gathering at the short but impressive ceremony the Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Gregory Andrews, told the gathering that the kind gesture from the High Commission to the students Anani is clear evidence of his outfit resolve to improve the hygiene condition in the school.
“The Australia High Commission is committed to improving sanitation and health condition for people living in vulnerable situations in Ghana and across West Africa.
The outcome of what we are witnessing today shows the difference that accesses to water, sanitation, and hygiene facilities can be provided to end WASH-related diseases, and that is what Australia’s Direct Aid Programme is about,” he said.
Mr. Andrews stated that the project had aided pupils and teachers in the school to have access to potable water and sanitation as well as enhancing their learning conditions.
“Handwashing facilities are more important than ever due to the COVID -19 pandemic and we are pleased that these facilities will help improve hand-washing practices and minimize the spread of the disease,” he said.
The Commissioner commended the staff and students of the school, saying a recent UNICEF study showed that 900 million children across the world lacked soap and water in their schools or environment and therefore was pleased that the project had excluded the school from the statistics.
The construction of the WASH facilities project, funded by the Australian Aid, included a four-seater toilet facility, hand-washing sink, and water tank for water storage, waste bins, and four Veronica buckets with mental stands for outdoor handwashing and the School connected to the Ghana Water Company lines.
Again the lower primary classrooms block had its old roofing replaced while the upper primary department which is made up of warn-out wooden structures had its old wooden boards replaced.
The entire compound and some floors were also paved with concrete to prevent the students from inhaling dust.
The Programmes Coordinator for ProNet, Mr. Emmanuel Adisenu, in an interview explained that in the year 2019, Teresa Barnes and her colleague Australian volunteer taught music lessons at the school where they became aware of the infrastructure needs of the school and requested support.
He said his outfit was selected to implementing a partner for the life-saving project because it had the interest of ensuring a good WASH.
“We aim to have a sustainable positive impact on communities in the area of health, gender and livelihoods, decentralization, inclusion, girls’ education, climate, energy, and food,” The Programmes Coordinator for ProNet, disclosed.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kofi Anani, Principal of the school commended the Australian High Commission and its Commissioners for the immense contributions made towards his school and other institutions in Ghana.
Like Oliver Twist, Mr. Anani appealed for more support to help the development of the school.
The Anani Memorial School is a small school of about 185 pupils in Nima, a slum in Accra.
Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH/inghananews.com