Great Olympics withdraws from Homowo Charity Cup

Accra Great Olympics has withdrawn from this year’s Gbese Mantse Homowo Charity Cup which was scheduled for August 20, 2023, at the Accra Sports Stadium.

The rivalry clash between the Dade boys and the Rainbow boys, Hearts of Oak was part of the activities lined up for this year’s Homowo festival.

A statement released by the organisers of the event said ‘The Homowo Cup Match between Accra Hearts of Oak and Accra Great Olympics scheduled for Sunday, August 20, 2023, has been called off.

‘This development has been necessitated by a late withdrawal from the said match by Accra Great Olympics.’

It sent its apology to Nii Ayi Bonte, Gbese Mantse, Ghana Football Association, Accra Hearts of Oak SC, the media, and all football enthusiasts for the unfortunate incident.

Source: Ghana News Agency

NPP Parliamentary Primaries: Ten file to contest in four orphan constituencies in Ashanti.

Ten people have filed their nominations to contest the NPP parliamentary primaries in four orphan constituencies in the Ashanti region.

The constituencies are New Edubiase, Asawase, Ejura/Sekyedumase and Sekyere Afram Plains.

The New Edubiase constituency has one candidate in the person of Mr George Boahen Oduro, who lost the seat to the NDC in the 2020 elections.

Asawase has Manaf Ibrahim, Hajia Zainab Sallow and Yusif Osman.

Gifty Ndoma, Kinsley Nana Owusu and Mohammed Amin Yakubu, are contesting the Ejura-Sekyedumase primaries, while Hamidu Sellemana, George Akom and Joseph Owusu, are vying for the Sekyere Afram Plains constituency.

Taking over these constituencies had been a doubting task for the NPP in the Ashanti region.

Though New Edubiase and Ejura-Sekyeredumnase have been swinging for both NPP and NDC, the Asawase and Sekyere Afram Plains have continued to be in the strong hands of NDC and it is working hard to retain them in the 2024 general elections.

Mr George Oduro, who is contesting alone in the New Edubiase constituency, is optimistic of reclaiming the seat in 2024.

He blamed the loss of the seat on some misunderstanding, which resulted in divisions in the party in the constituency ahead of the 2020 elections.

He told the Ghana News Agency, when he filed his nomination forms at New Edubiase that with his track record as an MP who had brought unprecedented development to the area, he was better placed to reclaim the seat if all party members and supporters would work together in unity in the 2024 campaigns.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Knights and Ladies of Marshall tree project records high survival rate

About 85 per cent of the 10,650 trees planted under the Knights and Ladies of Marshall Afforestation Project at Saint Joseph Technical Institute at Saboba in the Northern Region, have survived.

The Marshallan Relief and Development Services (MAREDES), an NGO wing of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall of the Catholic Church, spearheaded the project and collaborated with the Institute to plant the trees, comprising teak and acacia in August, last year.

Worthy Brother Samuel Zan Akologo, the Supreme Officer responsible for Advocacy at MAREDES of the Noble Order, during a follow-up to the project site, expressed satisfaction with the survival rate of the trees.

He said the project at Saboba formed part of efforts to plant about 50,000 trees towards the centenary of the Noble Order of the Knights of Marshall in 2026.

He said, ‘This project is also about the promotion of Pope Francis Laudato Si,’ which seeks to safeguard and protect the environment.’

Worthy Brother Akologo said although they intended planting 15,000 trees in the area this year, they had only succeeded in planting 13,000 trees because of the temporary shortage of seedlings at the Yendi Forest Services Division.

He appealed to government and other stakeholders to support them raise the needed seedlings for plantation, adding that the project was in line with the government’s Green Ghana Initiative, which seeks to protect the environment.

Mr Maxwell Atingyena, Principal of the Saint Joseph Technical Institute, commended the Knights and Ladies of Marshall for their support, including providing a polytank to harvest water for the nursing of the seedlings, which had helped the trees to survive.

He said the Institute, last year, developed an afforestation and furniture committee to tackle the prevalence of furniture deficit in the school, hence the need to plant trees.

He said, ‘The Knights and Ladies of Marshall came to support us, and now I can say that our vision is in the right direction.’

He appealed to the government and other NGOs to support them to fence the project to avoid residents encroaching on the land.

The main idea behind the MAREDES is to provide a framework to harness the legal, organisational and technical competencies of the Noble Order of the Knights and Ladies of Marshall since its founding in 1926 to undertake and render services more effectively and efficiently to society.

The Noble Order has over the past 97 years undertaken a myriad of social actions in various communities, including supporting the education of needy pupils, visiting and providing for the sick among other charitable and community services in the country.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Students to benefit from new five-year $14.39 million USAID/Ghana Learning Activity

A five-year $14.39 million USAID/Ghana Advancing Partnerships for Improved Learning Activity has been launched to support low-cost private schools in rural and disadvantaged communities to improve access and quality learning outcomes.

Under this new Activity, over 52,000 students in more than 213 low-cost private schools in the selected regions would benefit from a quality and inclusive learning environment.

The schools would also receive support to improve quality education through professional development for their leaders, including teacher certification courses, in-service teacher training in the Ministry of Education curriculum.

A total of 1,278 teachers would be supported to earn Diploma in Basic Education, while 2,130 others would receive regular professional development training and coaching to improve their service delivery.

It is being implemented by Opportunity International as Lead Partner, and five sub-awardees, including FHI360, University for Development Studies, Ghana National Council of Private Schools, Ghana National Association of Private Schools, and Results for Development.

The beneficiary regions are Northern, North East, Upper East and Upper West, and some of the 17 beneficiary districts in the regions include Mion, Yendi, Karaga, Mamprugu-Moaduri, East Mamprusi, Bawku, Bawku West, Sisala West, Sisala East, and Nadowli-Kaleo.

Madam Salome Ong’ele, the Chief of Party, USAID/Ghana Advancing Partnerships for Improved Learning Activity, said $3.9 million of the funds, would be invested in education by financial institutions lending to proprietors of the selected schools to improve their services, and to underprevileged families to cater for the educational expenses of their children.

Low-cost private schools in the northern part of the country have challenges hiring and retaining qualified teachers, and school management leaders often lack the range of skills needed to run a sustainable quality educational institution.

Access to loans to invest in their schools was a challenge while payment of fees by parents has remained a huge burden.

Whilst thousands of children attend low-cost private schools in the north, the government was challenged to provide oversight and support to ensure quality education, but this was challenged by the lack of a coherent policy framework to coordinate agencies responsible for low-cost private schools.

Madam Ong’ele said in response to the challenges, the Activity would improve quality education delivered these schools, increase private sector investment at these levels, as well as strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Education and professional networks to support these educational institutions.

Grace Lang, the Acting USAID Mission Director said ‘Quality education should not depend on where you live or which school you attend. We want every child to have access to a quality education.’

Dr Yaw Osei Adutwum, the Minister for Education, said the government had invested heavily in transforming low-performing public schools, saying the new Activity was to complement these efforts, by focusing on low-cost private schools, which was good for the country’s education sector.

Alhaji Shani Alhassan Saibu, the Northern Regional Minister, lauded the initiative saying it would bring about the desired change for the education sector.

Meanwhile, a 41-member Steering Committee made up of 31 Technical Members and 10 Core Members and chaired by the Minister for Education, was sworn in to amongst others, provide education policy and technical guidance towards the implementation of the Activity.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Give Hope Global commissions STEM Laboratory for Pepease Presby Basic School

A Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) laboratory valued at $10,000, has been commissioned and handed over to the Kwahu Pepease Presbyterian Basic School.

The facility was constructed and furnished with the requisite equipment by Give Hope Global, a US-based non-governmental organisation (NGO), to aid effective teaching and learning of science-related subjects and mathematics.

Among the items stocked in the laboratory were geometrical sets, French curve sets, calculators, furniture, kids’ safety glasses, starter science laboratory tool kits, a microscope, a globe, and a test tube chemistry laboratory set.

Mr Rogers Braswell, the Co-founder of the NGO, said the gesture aimed at boosting the teaching and learning of STEM at Kwahu Pepease and its environs.

He described the completion of the structure as a timely intervention that would make it simpler for children at Pepease Presbyterian Basic School to study STEM in a well-equipped laboratory.

He further said the facility would help train 21st-century innovators and problem solvers to meet global market demands.

Mr Braswell pledged the NGO’s commitment to help provide more related science equipment so as to expose students in the local area to advanced technology.

He encouraged students to use the laboratory effectively to enhance their understanding of science and mathematics.

Receiving the keys to the building, Madam Irene Djabakour Djorbuah, expressed appreciation to the benefactors for their continued remarkable support for the school.

She promised to maintain the laboratory for the benefit of the school and the community as a whole.

Citations were presented to Dr William Ofori Ntim, a Medical Doctor in the United States of America, and Give Hope.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Angola prepares for SADC free trade

The country, through the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, is preparing diligently to face the free trade challenges of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), whose rotating presidency was assumed Thursday (17 ) by Angola.

According to the minister of Agriculture and Forestry, António de Assis, the Executive is working on creating conditions for the national business community in the agricultural sector to produce on an acceptable scale to supply the region’s market.

The official made these statements Thursday to the press on the sidelines of the visit he pays in the northern Malanje province, which aims to create conditions and assessing the levels of rice production in the Songo region, with emphasis on the municipality of Luquembo.

António de Assis stressed that trade, as one of the main challenges in the integration of SADC countries, Angola will do everything to compete for the region’s economic markets, but he would not elaborate any further.

Angola takes over the leadership of SADC for a one-year term and defined as the motto of its mandate “Human and financial capital: the main factors of sustainable industrialisation in the region”.

In addition to Angola, SADC comprises the Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)