USSUYA Ghana Limited donated classroom furniture worth GHS40,000 to the T.I. Ahmadiyya Cluster of Schools in Wa Municipality of Ghana’s Upper West Region. The furniture comprised a set of 200 tables and chairs built with a combination of solid wood and metal. The support was provided under the kind auspices of Mr. Yusif Yakubu, Managing Director of USSUYA Ghana Limited, who was motivated by an earlier support provided by the school’s alumni to help address the school’s infrastructure problems.

Mr. Sufyan Yakubu, a representative of Managing Director Yusif Yakubu, remarked that education was the cornerstone to reducing poverty in communities, which was why it was important to support education by address obstacles in the way of effective teaching and learning. Mr. Sufyan Yakubu noted that the company reached out to assist the school following numerous calls made by community members and old students of the school to help improve education in Wa Municipality. He affirmed USSUYA’s continued commitment to support the development and improvement of educational institutions to strengthen the quality of education in the area. He shared teachers and school authorities to ensure proper care and maintenance of the furniture provided.

The Headmaster of T.I. Ahmadiyya Primary School A, Mr. Mohammad Arkib, received the furniture package and commended USSUYA Ghana Limited for the kind assistance. Mr. Arkib described the donation as a great relief to the board, management, staff and especially to the students of the school. He was confident that the new furniture will have an impact on the quality of teaching and learning and help boost student enrollment and retention.

“Enrollment in the school is very poor as a result of the nature of the environment and the limited supply of infrastructure and lack of furniture. We are confident therefore that the [donated] furniture will contribute to addressing one of the many challenges in the school.”

Mr. Mohammad Arkib | Headmaster of T.I. Ahmadiyya Primary School

Mr. Arkib noted that several parents who wanted to enroll their children decided otherwise because of the inadequate infrastructure at the school. “Now that the school has new furniture, Mr. Arkib believes the school can increase its student enrollment. He appealed to government, businesses, charitable NGOs and philanthropic individuals to help the school address several of its problems. He affirmed the school’s commitment to maintain the furniture to ensure it runs its full life course.

Mr. Mohammed Baba Issa, a representative of the Basic Schools coordinator at the Wa Municipal Directorate of the Ghana Education Service (GES), described the assistance as good omen for the Wa municipality where students sit and write on the bare floor in several schools because of the lack of classroom infrastructure.

“It will sound surprising if you go round the municipality, you will see pupils lying on the bare floor whilst writing. So, if you have somebody who sees this and wants to do away with it, we should thank him very much.”

The manager of the Ahmadiyya Education Unit Mr. Mahmud Suleiman agrees. “The donation will boost the morale of teachers and the pupils and up the performance [of students] to an appreciable level,” Mr. Suleiman said.