The Navrongo Senior High Old Students Union (NABIA) renovated the Independence-Luther King House, a 300-bed capacity girls’ dormitory at Navrongo Senior High School (NAVSCO) in the Kassena-Nankana Municipality of Ghana’s Upper East Region. Formerly a dormitory for males, the now all-female Independence-Luther King’s House had all of its washrooms and bathhouses renovated at a total cost of GHS74,485, which was paid for through contributions from former residents of the house.

Prior to the refurbishing, the dormitory was in appalling state of disrepair. Alhaji Mohammed Haroon (aka Cambodia), Global President of Old NAVASCANS Union – ‘the Nabia‘ – expressed gratitude to former housemates of the Independence-Luther King House for their generous support. Alhaji Haroon said the old students of NAVASCO were committed to develop the school, and explained that the renovation project was part of an initiative the old students’ union launched in 2017 to renovate all old structures in the school through contributions from former housemates or year groups.

“Lookingat what has happened, if you want to count the number of people involved and with what you’re seeing, you will know that it was due to commitment, otherwise it wouldn’t have happened.. It shows how this block has produced people with a lot of substance, and I believe it is due to resilience on the part of the Former President that this thing was carried through.”

Alhaji Mohammed Haroon (aka Cambodia) | Global President, Old Navascans Union

Mr. George Adeyiga, Head of the Renovation Committee and a former member of Independence-Luther King House, described the renovation project as part of the old students’ contribution to develop their alma mater and as part of activities to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Navrongo Senior High School in 2021. Mr. Adeyiga explained that renovation idea to took off during the alumni homecoming in 2018 when the first appeal for fund was launched to mobilize resources from old housemates. Mr. Adeyiga hoped that the dormitory will provide dignifying living conditions for students to effectively support their academic work.

Ms. Mercy Babachuweh, Headmistress of Navrongo Senior High School symbolically received the refurbished dormitory and expressed gratitude to the old students for their support over the years on numerous projects. Ms. Babachuweh appealed to the old students to keep supporting the school, especially in helping address the serious infrastructure challenges of the school. “Our administration block, other dormitories and classrooms need to be renovated,” she said.

Paramount Chief of Navrongo Traditional Area, Navro-Pio Pe Asagpaare Aneakwoa Balinia Adda II, who is an old student of NAVASCO and former member of Independence House, commended the old students and former housemates for the refurbishment of the block. The Navro-Pio underlined the need for the old students to continue to unite to support efforts to develop the school for the benefit of future generations.

An innamed Senior Girls’ Prefect, who is also a member of the Independence-Luther King House, expressed appreciation to the old students and management of the school for the immense support in making the dormitory the “our block the most beautiful edifice on our campus.” “Our block has now by far been transformed into a new ‘Dubia’ on campus. We accept and appreciate whole heartedly,’ she said.