Education is the foundation of National development.
Several challenges impede the delivery of quality education to many, especially, those in hard to reach and underdeveloped communities. The prevailing Covid-19 pandemic has presented new challenges in the provision of quality education.
The Volta River Authority (VRA), in an attempt to bridge the educational inequalities has donated educational materials to 30 Schools in five Regions through the use of drones. The first batch of presentation was at Nkwakubiw in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region.
The Volta River Authority (VRA), was birthed 60 years ago to provide the nation’s power. In line with the anniversary, CEO of VRA, Emmanuel Antwi Darkwah was optimistic the educational materials and Covid-19 materials will go a long way in making a difference in the lives of the students.
He said children from the Eastern, Volta, Greater Accra, Bono East and Western regions will benefit from the educational packages. Mr. Antwi Darkwah stressed that VRA will do all it can to motivate children in the country to aim high.
The DCE for Asuogyaman, Samuel Agyekum, said government is bent on ensuring that no child is left behind in the area of education. He said the development of education in the district is topmost on his agenda. He said the positive ripple effect education has make it imperative for government to do all it can to get every child educated. He said the district has not relented in complementing the free education government is providing by engaging stakeholders on many levels. He praised VRA for keeping the nation lighted these past six decades.
Deputy CEO of VRA in charge of services, Dr stella Agyenim-Boateng told GBC RADIO’s Augustus Acquaye that employing the use of drones for the distribution was settled on because VRA wants to inspire the children to take an interest in the use of technology in making life simple.
Using the event at Nkwakubiw as an example, she said the drone took off from Adumasa and in 10 minutes it had landed at Nkwakubiw but had it been by road, it would have taken more than an hour. She said the bulk of the items to be donated will be sent by road since the capacity of the drone can not handle everything. However in each school, the drone will be used to symbolically drive home VRA’s vision to let the children know the world of science and technology.
It is expected that 16,000 will benefit from the educational supplies.
Story filed by Augustus Acquaye.