The Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Ghana Office, in collaboration with the World Friends Korea volunteer program, funded a 16-seater capacity toilet at a cost of $25,000 for Abbey D.A. Basic School at Dawhenya in the Ningo-Prampram District of the Greater Accra Region. The facility was part of KOICA Ghana’s project to create safe educational environments by improving the hygiene conditions in schools.

Country Director of KOICA Ghana Office Mr. Moo Heon Kong said KOICA Ghana was pleased to provide the toilet facility that is complemented by hand washing stands because a a good and hygienic toilet facility was not only a basic need, but a necessity for a school with such a population size. Abbey D.A. Basic school has a student population of 951.

“A lack of access to proper sanitation facilities poses a huge barrier to education, equality, and safety for children as pupils frequently miss school due to hygiene-related diseases. Toilets and proper washing stations can help stop the spread of many diseases.”

Moo Heon Kong | Country Director, KOICA Ghana Office

Mr. Moo Heon Kong noted that poor hygiene practices learned at school could be brought home by students, which would affect their students’ lifestyles, which is why KOICA intervened to provide clean toilet facilities for the school.

Headteacher of Abbey D.A. Basic School , Mr. Enock Anyingmor Teye thanked KOICA and the World Friends Korea volunteer program for the or the toilet facility and for KOICA Ghana Office’s unwavering commitment to help accelerate access to basic education in the Abbeykope Community.

Ningo-Prampram District Director of Education Mrs. Sarah A. Abidruso acknowledged the importance of having access to a toilet facility at school and its role in helping accelerate access to basic education in the community. Mrs. Abidruso charged the community leaders including the traditional leaders, school management committees and parent teacher association to ensure that the new toilet facility was maintained adequately.

The Abbey D/A Basic School was started by the Presbyterian Church of Ghana but later taken over by the community leaders to help students further their education. Headteacher Mr. Teye noted that the school was in dire need of a classroom facility to enhance teaching and learning at the junior high school department. Apart from the inadequate classrooms for the students, Mr. Teye explained that kindergarteners lacked adequate space and were forced to use a storeroom at the primary section for lessons. A tree-shaded are on the school premises served as the staff common room for the teachers.