USAID supports Akosombo Dam spillage-affected schools with $500k

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USAID has announced a generous contribution of $500,000 to support schools affected by the spillage from the Akosombo Dam in Ghana. The funds aim to alleviate the challenges faced by these educational institutions in the aftermath of the spillage, recognizing the importance of safeguarding the education and well-being of the affected students.

The Akosombo Dam spillage, resulting from water management procedures, has had adverse effects on communities in its vicinity, particularly schools dealing with the aftermath. In response to the urgent need for assistance, USAID has taken a proactive stance to provide financial support, ensuring the continuity of education in the affected areas.

The US Ambassador to Ghana, Virginia Palmer, highlighted the substantial benefits derived from the collaboration between Ghana and the United States during an official visit. She emphasized the active involvement of USAID and UNICEF in restoring teaching and learning in areas affected by flooding, providing crucial assistance to both schools and communities grappling with the aftermath.

Minister for Education, Dr. Yaw Osei Adutwum, encouraged parents in the affected regions to take advantage of the government’s free Senior High School (SHS) policy and enroll their children in school. Despite the challenges posed by the floods, the minister underscored the importance of education as a key avenue for long-term recovery and community resilience.

Collaborative efforts between the government, international organizations, and local communities aim to rebuild infrastructure and create an environment conducive to learning, fostering hope and rejuvenation in the aftermath of the natural disaster.

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