St Louis findraising helps our link school in Ghana
As we returned to school for the new calendar year, we were delighted to receive a letter of appreciation from Oku School, our link school in Ghana.
St Louis’ Grammar donated the proceeds of our 2016 Carol Service to Oku School. The school has since informed us that it will go towards making necessary improvements to the living conditions of their staff.
Oku School has an enrolment of 519 pupils and 28 teachers. The teachers must live in the village as the nearest town is not easily accessible. The pupils travel from surrounding villages within a radius of 5-10 miles. There are also 100 preschool pupils on the campus.
Headmistress of the school, Sr. Jackline Adu Danso, is full of praise for the teachers as many others have turned down teaching posts due to poor living conditions for staff. Oku School was established in 1993 and the residence for teachers was built at that time using mud. Today, the same building is only capable of housing only 12 teachers despite the fact that the school now employs 28 teachers. As a result, some teachers have to share rooms which is a far from ideal situation.
The immediate areas for improvement are:
Borehole to give potable water
Renovation of the School Library/ Computer Lab
Decent toilet facility for the staff and students
A generator to assist the students to study in the evenings
St Louis’ Grammar is privileged to have been in the position to help such a worthy cause as Sr. Jackline Adu Danso commented, "I believe the staff can only give their best when some of their needs are considered.”