GES says Right To Play’s psychosocial support to children is special

[L-R] Right To Play Country Director, Josephine Mukakalisa and GES Director-General, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa holding some of the donated items

The Ghana Education Service has commended Right To Play Ghana for its decision to extend psychosocial support to children during this period of coronavirus pandemic.

The Director-General of the Ghana Education Service, Professor Kwasi Opoku-Amankwa, has described the project by the organisation as a “special one” which will help children and their parents in rural Ghana.

“Your initiative is a special one being that this is an initiative where teachers will go into the homes and give opportunities to communities where they may not have access to radio and internet,” Professor Opoku-Amankwa.

The GES director disclosed this when Right To Play made a donation of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) and education materials to the Service worth GH¢532, 000.

The items donated on Wednesday were made up of 1,200 pieces of locally manufactured nose masks, 50 boxes of hand washing soap, 250 boxes of hand gloves, 7,000 pieces of hand sanitizer, 2000 pieces pens and 2000 pieces of pencils.

The others include 4,000 copies of exercise books, and 4,000 copies of level-appropriate storybooks as well as 3000 copies of specially designed communication material on Covid-19.

The gesture kickstarts the organisation’s Psychosocial Support project that would be carried out in six districts across the country starting in the month of May.

Over 100 volunteered teachers in Ga South, Keta, Kumbungu, Tolon and Savelugu will be participating in the project by visiting homes to take children through various lessons and games designed to build during this period of the pandemic.

Speaking at the short ceremony held at the premises of the Ghana Education Service, the Country Director of Right To Play Ghana, Jospehine Mukakalisa said the decision to undertake the project was driven by “our vision to help children overcome adversities.”

She stated that Right To Play will be supporting the various education directorates in the six districts to “provide supplemental learning, health and psychosocial support to the children and their families in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.”

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