Approximately 22,000 children and 1,288 teachers have been affected by the Volta River Authority (VRA) dam spillage in eight (8) Volta districts, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has disclosed.
According to a local media report, more than 30 communities in the Volta Region have been severely affected by the dam spillage, resulting in submerged houses, disrupted electricity supply, and widespread hunger.
Meanwhile, the Ministry in Charge of Education (MoE) in solidarity and support, has visited the flood-ravaged town of Battor in the North Tongu Constituency in the Volta Region following the recent Akosombo Dam spillage.
In a social media post sighted by AcademicWeek, Minister for Education and Bosomtwe Member of Parliament, Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum said I took the time to visit the flood-affected areas to engage with victims, especially teachers.
This firsthand assessment allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the challenges faced by educators in the community and further reaffirmed my commitment to their recovery.”
To address the pressing needs of those hardest hit by the disaster, he donated 450 bags of rice and bags and boxes of mineral water to provide sustenance to teachers and citizens who have been profoundly affected by the disaster.
The Education Minister also presented an assortment of stationery to school children. Dr Adutwum said, “Providing students with the tools they need to continue their studies, is a way to ensure education remains accessible.”
The Minister in Charge of Education on behalf of his outfit also assured the community that efforts are underway to bring children back to school, and I further pledged to work tirelessly to ensure that learning continues.
“I am, therefore, making a fervent call to stakeholders, pleading with all to join in supporting the victims because collective efforts are imperative in aiding the community’s recovery and rebuilding process,” Mr Osei Yaw urged.