Bruno Felalaga, a medical student from Brown University in Rhode Island, has made a donation of five desktop computers, a fully furnished library and other academic valuables to Kajelo, a community in the Kasena-Nankana West District of the Upper East Region.
The donation also includes a solar power system which would serve as an alternative source of electricity whenever there is unstable power supply to the library facility.
The kind gesture is part of efforts by Mr. Felalaga to help students in the community to have easy access to IT tools for proper teaching and learning of Information Communication Technology (ICT).
It is also intended to bridge the gap between students from urban and rural communities in the area of ICT and provide conducive environment for students in study outside of the classroom.
At a short handing –over ceremony held at the premises of the Kajelo Junior High School on Friday, the young medical student said alarming situations hindering the academic progress of students in rural communities within the district moved him to solicit help from friends and well-wishers in the United Kingdom to execute the project.
Citing himself as an example of an individual who has tasted the sour part of schooling in a deprived community, Mr. Felalaga who is part of the Davis Foundation said limited resources in such areas have had debilitating effects on performances of students.
He said education is the way through which Kajelo could develop its human resource if it wanted to produce the next group of future leaders in the community. He admonished the student to take advantage of the facilities and eschew habits that will lead them off their journey to education.
Eric Tambola, a representative of the students conveyed their words of gratitude to Davis Foundation for the donation. He said the gesture had come at a time when it was most needed. According to him, the lack of ICT equipment for student to have hands-on experience the subject has resulted in a record of low performance.
Mr. Tampola who will among other instructors manage the Library hinted that measures will be put in place to curb habits and other acts that can shorten the life span of the computers and books.
The assemblyman for the area, Hilary Aniakwo, also thanked Bruno Felalaga and the Davis Foundation for responding positively to needs of the community, saying their donation will go a long way to help in the tuition of ICT.
He expressed hopes that the donation will motivate students in the community and their teachers to work hard.
Mr. Aniakwo promised to ensure that the donation is put to judicious use to help achieve the intended purpose. He advised students to deal carefully with the items in the library so as not cause damage to them. To the community members, the assemblyman urged them to work closely with caretakers of the library to help maintain it.
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