Kongo (UE), Jan. 16, GNA – Mr Yen Sapark, a Development and Training Officer of the ARB Apex Bank Limited at the weekend donated books and sports items valued at GH¢ 2,500 to three schools and a football club in the Upper East Region.
The schools include Kongo Senior High School, which received books, two footballs and trophies, and Sekoti and Nyogbari Junior High Schools (JHS) which received two footballs each.
All the beneficiary schools are located in the Talensi-Nabdam District of the Upper East Region.
The Asonge Stars football club, also in the District, received two footballs.
The gift was meant to improve the academic performance of the students, as well as their performance during the inter schools soccer competitions.
Mr Sapark said the gesture was part of his annual plans to support education in the district, adding that the footballs would serve as a rallying point and inspire the children to go to school.
The philanthropist, who is also a native of Sekoti and author of the books he presented, said it would supplement the books of students studying literature.
He expressed the hope that the gift would inspire others to assist in the development of the area and also improve on education.
Mr Sapark who has also taught in the Upper East and Greater Accra Regions. He expressed his appreciation for the ongoing development projects in the Talensi-Nabdam district and commended the efforts of government to move the Kongo SHS from its old location to its present site at Pelungu.
Mr Paul Ayamga, Headmaster of Kongo SHS, who received the books on behalf of the school, commended Mr Sapark for the kind gesture.
He said the school was established in 1991 with 74 students, but now had a population of 650.
He said the school moved to its present location in 2011 with a 12 class room block and a girl’s dormitory. He appealed to contractors working on other projects within the school, to speed up work.
He called on Government and other authorities concerned to consider raising the school to a boarding status and appealed to the school’s PTA, old students and individuals to support the school with staff accommodation.
Earlier, Mr Sapark stopped over at the Nyogbari Primary and JHS, his alma mater, and congratulated the teachers for placing fourth in the BECE in the district.
Mr Jonathan Duk, Headmaster of the JHS, said the school was established in 2008 and participated in the BECE for the first time in the 2010–2011 examination and emerged fourth with 83.33 per cent.
He appealed to government, benevolent organizations and individuals to come to the aid of the school, as it lacked computers, text books, and staff accommodation.
He further called on government to connect the school to the national electricity grid to enable the students to study at night.