By Walter Hughes, a member of the Rotary Club of Rocky Mount, Virginia, USA, and a 2013 Rotary Champion of Change
Have you ever wished as a Rotarian that you could do something to help educate a child? Have you ever dreamed that a child could start their education at a younger age? We see children in communities all over Ghana in West Africa and realize that they should be in school.
The parents of Abansere are very poor and hard working. Abansere is a remote and rural community. Children do not start school until the age of twelve. The children must be old enough to safely walk seven miles each way to the nearest elementary school. The parents asked for help to build a preschool that would include first to third grade classrooms.
Frank Kofi Owusu-Debrah has a heart for education. He works for the Sunyani Technical University. He submitted the first Rotary global grant for the new pilot program called “Simple Schools” with my club in Virginia. The school teachers will be funded by and the school owned by the local education department. Rotarians in Districts 7570, 7040, 7550 and 7770 are funding the first two “simple schools.”
Past-President Owusu-Debrah and fellow Rotarians of the Sunyani Central Rotary Club believe that the children are the future of Ghana. The Sunyani Rotarians fell in love with the children in Abansere after drilling a well there in 2016. Now, it is possible that their dream of an education for the children of Abansere will come true.