Federated Commodities Ltd (FEDCO) and partners, Storck and Walter Matter, inaugurated a six-unit classroom block for Domeabra Primary School, near Asankragwa, in the Wassa Amenfi West Municipality of the Western Region.

The block, which has a head teacher’s office, a staff common room, a library, a computer laboratory, toilet facilities, a mechanised borehole, and an astro turf, is to expand access to basic education at Domeabra.

The Managing Director, FEDCO, Mrs Maria Adamu-Zibo, mentioned that the event marked the completion of two schools including a three classroom KG block at Kwamang.

She believed FEDCO through its partners had fulfilled the promise they made to Domeabra chief three years ago.

“This brings the total number of schools sponsored by Storck in Asankragwa to three, together with that of Yirase which was completed in 2019,” Mrs Adamu -Zibo said.

Other projects carried out by our partners in the municipality included a 10-seater toilet facility and mechanised borehole at Supanso, a mechanised borehole at Odumasi and two hand pump boreholes at Domeabra.

Mrs Adamu-Zibo continued “to date, Storck has invested close to $2.8 million in projects and premium (about GH¢32.0 million) and we would like to express our utmost gratitude to the mmanagement and staff of Storck for their commitment to the wellbeing of our farmers and their children.”

She advised the school authorities, the education directorate and chief to take good care of the facility, so that Domeabra would be an example for others to emulate

This, she suggested, would encourage FEDCO partners to be happy with their investment and “be willing to do more for other communities.”

Cocoa Trader, Walter Matter, Simon Bourqui, described the event as remarkable, saying that, the celebration of knowledge and sustainability did not come by chance, but through dedication and shared vision.

Farmers, he noted, were the backbone of the cocoa industry and the economy of the community, adding “you are planting the trees of knowledge and opportunities for the generation to come.”

Sourcing Manager of Storck, Markus Bonemeier also noted that, the efforts of Domeabra cocoa farmers had bore fruits which would promote and improve education in the area.

“Children are our future and I can see the future of the children here. Education is key to development,” he stressed.

The Director of Special Duties, COCOBOD, Charles Amenyaglo recalled that dilapidated Domeabra old classroom block was a death trap, adding that “real disaster was lurking and called FEDCO and partner for timely intervention to avoid the imminent calamity.”

The Assistant Director, Supervision and Monitoring, Ghana Education Service, Mr Isaac Kwesi Ampong, expressed the hope that the new Domeabra school would enhance teaching and learning.

He added “Domeabra must begin to rethink and value education and not material things like new funeral cloths. Be responsible for the extra fees and books you need to provide for your children. Education is an investment.”

Chief of Domeabra, Nana Kwaku Appiah, thanked God for fulfilling their pledge and said the FEDCO-community relations had been very fruitful.

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