The Ayitpea wind farm project in Ghana has completed the refurbishment of three local schools as part of its Community Investment Plan. The schools, which were selected by the local government based on their individual needs, are located close to the project site and collectively educate more than 300 pupils.
Photograph above shows from left to centre Matilda Quartey, District Director – Ghana Education Service and Jennifer Boca, Head – ESG – Lekela Power cutting the ribbon at the handing-over ceremony.
The objective of the refurbishment programme, which began in October 2016 and was completed in March 2017, is to provide a safer and more comfortable teaching environment for both the teachers and the children. The three schools are Old Ningo DA Kindergarten, Ayitepa DA Basic Junior High School and Dawa DA Basic – Primary.
Commenting at the handing-over ceremony, JJ E Esuako , Headmaster at Dawa DA Basic School said: “In the past the classrooms did not have doors and windows which caused a major inconvenience, for instance sheep and goats would use the classrooms at night and bats would use them as refuge. Thanks to Lekela we have secure classrooms for a better learning environment.”
Ayitepa is Lekela Power’s 225MW wind project in Ghana. The project is at an advanced stage of development, ready for construction. Lekela is owned 60% by Actis a leading investor in growth markets (US$13bn funds raised since inception) and 40% by a consortium led by Mainstream Renewable Power (over 9,000MW in development, construction and operations across five continents) which includes investors such as the IFC and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
Speaking about the refurbishment project, Lekela’s Head of ESG, Jennifer Boca said: “Lekela is excited to be present at the school refurbishment project handing-over ceremony today and to see the improved learning conditions as a result of the refurbishment works which will enable the students to learn in a safer environment. Education is a key focus area for our company and we are committed to enhancing educational outcomes for our beneficiary communities including here in Greater Ningo.”