As part of activities to mark this year’s Christmas celebration, one of the illustrious sons of Cape Coast, Alexander Mensa Hagan in collaboration with Creative Arts and Media Association and Oguaaman Youth Development Association has extended his philanthropy to Aboom School of Special Needs, by donating educational materials, biscuits, water dispenser, toiletries and footwears running into several thousands of Ghana Cedis to the School at Aboom Wells, Cape Coast.
Presenting the materials at the school premises on Thursday, 20th December 2018, Alexander Hagan, a Patron of Cape Coast Youth Development Association, explained that the outreach was meant to support children with special needs, to encourage them to aspire towards good education.
Speaking on the reasons for his support for the school, Alex said he has always believed in giving back to his community and most especially, youth development.
He said the time he spent with the children also gave him an opportunity to interact with the school authority. “Most times, if you don’t get close to people, you will not know how useful both can be to each other. The time I spent in the school not only gave me an opportunity to interact with school, but also enabled us to communicate on areas we can further collaborate to give our children better educational life.”
Reaching out to the general public, individuals and corporate organizations, he said it has become imperative to increase people’s awareness and understanding about the importance of special schools and the need to support them.
Narrating his experience, Mr. Hagan said the school with a total pupil population of about Hundred Fifty, has only two normal classrooms. ‘One of the two classrooms is serving the school as workshop, whilst the remainder serve as store and office.’ ‘It was sad to note that these children are now learning on the veranda of the two classrooms. The current situation has created uncontrollable congestion forcing management to cap intake, which has compounded the challenges.
“If we don’t give these children opportunities, they will remain like that. But if we help them, they will live a full life.” ‘We have allowed these poor children to the perils and dangers of life. They trek to and from school in their special conditions rendering them as vulnerable road users.’ He said.
He has thus pledged to solicit support to purchase a shuttle for the school. ‘We shall do everything humanly possible to pay for the land you have acquired to develop expanded school.
Responding, headteacher, Madam Mary Prudence, expressed gratitude to Alex, CAMA and CCYDA and all, describing the gesture as laudable, even as she also appealed for government intervention on the side of GETFund. The appeal also extended to individuals to assist in procuring additional electric sewing and knitting machine and bead making kits cope with the increased numbers of students for effective impact knowledge on children at the center.