May 30, 2024

The youth and opinion leaders of Bembisi community in the Kassena Nankana West District of the Upper East Region have launched a commendable initiative: the construction of a modern three-unit classroom block and office complex for the Amenga-Etego Basic School. This move addresses the longstanding neglect of the school’s infrastructure by successive governments.
Following a successful fundraising event last month, the project kicked off, with substantial contributions from the community. With a remarkable sum of GHS39,021.70 raised, alongside 88 bags of cement, the Bembisi youth have demonstrated their commitment and resourcefulness in tackling the urgent needs of their local school.
Youth patron Aboyinga Nicholas stressed the urgency of the project, highlighting the unacceptable conditions of the current school building. He expressed optimism that the new facility would be ready before the rainy season, providing a safe and conducive learning environment for the 301 students enrolled at Amenga-Etego Basic School.

Assembly member Anyungba Charles underscored the significance of community-driven development in addressing critical needs. Despite previous appeals to government authorities for assistance, the community has taken matters into their own hands to ensure their children’s welfare.
However, challenges persist in completing the project, as the collected funds may only cover a portion of the construction costs. Treasurer and Finance Secretary Atanga Martin stressed the need for additional support, especially with the escalating costs of materials.
The project’s labor force, comprising entirely of community members, reflects the collective commitment to its success. Masons Wilberforce Asaah and Joshua Agaapi expressed confidence that the new school facilities would serve as a symbol of hope and progress for the Bembisi community, ushering in a brighter future for all.
Despite strides in education infrastructure, the Bembisi community still grapples with challenges like the lack of access to electricity, with thousands relying on alternative lighting sources. This underscores the ongoing need for comprehensive development initiatives in the region.
In the face of adversity, the grassroots efforts of the Bembisi community serve as a testament to the transformative power of collective action and community spirit in driving positive change.

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