Naming of community school raises awareness of PAMBE Ghana model

The Inauguration and official naming of the school on May 27 was a milestone in the program and strategy of PAMBE Ghana. The preparations leading to it and the inauguration itself raised the profile of PAMBE Ghana. It enhanced our legitimacy and credibility as a partner and advocate in the district for making quality primary education accessible to children in underserved communities. It also provided a platform to raise awareness of the merits of mother-tongue literacy and to solicit material support for mother tongue, bilingual education. PAMBE Ghana is becoming a recognized name among peer agencies in the district. Such recognition is important. The inauguration laid the groundwork for even stronger collaboration and support with the Ghana Education Service, District assembly, District Health Directorate, information service and other key actors in the district.

PAMBE Ghana also used the school inauguration as a platform for friend and fund raising. This was also a big success, by our standards. Our appeal raised four hundred and ten Ghana cedis ninety-five pesewas (Ghc 410.95) as well as seven hundred Ghana cedis (Ghc 700.00) of pledges that day!

In addition, the East Mamprusi community bank donated a water tank worth nine hundred Ghana cedis (Ghc 900.00) for water storage for the school, while the Nayiri (King of the Mamprusi) gave a large white ram and Ghc20.00. The District information officer and journalist posted articles on the Ghana Government official website at

It was a remarkable show of support – “La’angum”!

We have high hopes that this is just the beginning.

Thank you all for your support.

Inauguration ceremony brings dignitaries to support PAMBE Ghana School

On May 27, the first PAMBE Ghana -supported school was inaugurated in Bumboazio in the East Mamprusi District. The occasion brought together strategic partners, collaborators, community leaders, traditional chiefs, and supporters of PAMBE Ghana. These included the District Chief Executive and Coordinating Director, Ghana Education Service, Health Directorate, the National Health Insurance Scheme, Information services and many heads of departments in the district as well as representatives of the Nayiri (the King of Mamprugu).

There were about 40 dignitaries and invited guests who came to the event. In addition, almost all the people of Bumboazio and Bantambaari and over twenty people from my native village, Bongbini, including the village chief and of course the children and their parents came to the event. We estimate between 200 and 250 people attended. The Northern Regional Minister was poised to come to give the keynote address but had to change his plans just the day before because it just happened that the President of Ghana, His Excellency, Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, was to stop in Tamale on his way to an adjacent region in the north on the day of the inauguration. As protocol has it, the Regional minister and his whole entourage had to be mobilised to welcome and accompany the President on his visit. Between the President of the Republic of Ghana and PAMBE Ghana, well, we know who takes precedence!

We were quite late in starting the programme (Ghanaian time). The drumming and dancing went much longer and, with the warmth from all the hearts at this merry-making and the heat from the hot sun, over 600 plastic sachets (generally called pure water) and 100 half-litre bottles of mineral water did not suffice. We had to supplement with gallons of ordinary water the women brought in from the village.

Due to weeks of planning and preparation by the various organizing committees of the Advisory Committee and a lot of behind the scenes work on the day itself, the inauguration event was a huge success. The size and diversity of the crowd was one never seen in the remote village of Bumboazio before, with so many dignitaries. There were three types of traditional drumming and dancing displayed by the people , punctuated by many speeches, including those of the District Chief Executive, representatives of the Nayiri (King of Mamprugu) and Board of Directors. After the ribbon-cutting ceremony, the District Chief Executive (the president’s representative at the district level) and his entourage went into the classroom to observe the students at work and learn a thing or two about the PAMBE Ghana approach. The children were really into their routine of learning as the visitors came through the classroom. [The children had their lunch and Mary and Issah, our two teachers and their assistant (Ibrahim) went into the classroom with them about an hour before]

The visitors were truly impressed! Many remarked on how the children remained calm and engaged in their work despite the crowd in the classroom. While we (teachers and I) presented a few exercises to some others watched the children and asked them questions about their work.

Exciting news! The Regional Minister will attend inauguration!

I just received a telephone call from the office of the Regional Minister. (For readers outside of Ghana, this position is equivalent to the the governor of a state in the US, or premier of a province in Canada). He has agreed to come to the official opening of the school, and give a key note address. I am busy preparing the key information about PAMBE Ghana now, to give to his office staff, so they can prepare his speech for the event. This is great news for the school and PAMBE Ghana's program.

Official school inauguration scheduled for May 27th!

One external view of the new school at Bomboazio

One external view of the new school at Bomboazio

The big news is that PAMBE Ghana and the village of Bumboazio are organizing an official inauguration of the school on May 27. Why do this, you may ask, since the school has been open since classes begun last October? Well, the reason is because PAMBE wanted to have a record of a successful school year before having this event. We hope to have the Regional Minister (equivalent of the state governor in the US), the regional Director of Education, the members of Parliament from the Mamprussi area, traditional chiefs...and...well the list goes on! We are inviting over 200 dignitaries, and hope about 100 accept. This event, if successful, will be a huge boost to raise awareness of PAMBE Ghana and our model to improve primary education in northern Ghana. It will greatly improve the recognition of PAMBE's work and begin to strengthen our institutional ties with the Ministry of Education, the local governments, and other leaders in the area, for in-country support of our program. So, keep your eyes on this space! Will keep you posted on the preparations and the exciting event itself. The count down has begun!

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