Ghana school hoping to start new chapter after book donation

News Page 7th November 2018

An under-privileged school in Ghana has thanked students at the University of Northampton for providing them with hundreds of recycled school resources.

The Street Law Project, a charitable initiative spearheaded by Law students and staff from the University, put out a call for donations earlier this year. They were on the lookout for used books, re-usable school equipment and cash donations to send to Akosombo Presby Primary School in Ghana.

The donations came from far and wide, as members of staff, students, the wider Northampton public and individuals across the country dug deep to help out the school.

The Street Law Project team were able to send a total of 15 large boxes of a books which equated to more than 150 books in all, over £600 through crowd funding and a computer.

Books Collected

Law students pack up the books, ready to be shipped over to Ghana

Dr Ebenezer Laryea, Lecturer in Law and one of the organisers of the Street Law Project, said: “The pupils and the teachers of the school have provided us with some fantastic feedback on how the books they have received are already changing the learning habits of the pupils.

“The majority of the students are more frequent at school and seem to be forming a habit of reading. This is a hugely satisfying development for us because most of the children at the school come from extremely poor families who do not have the resources to provide them with reading books.”

Dr Laryea also praised the student’s efforts saying: “I could not be prouder of our students and the manner in which they immersed themselves into this project. They were passionate about what they set out to achieve – demonstrating their understanding of the fact their effective function within the global workplace will not only depend on them having big minds, but also on them having big hearts.

“By running projects such as these we demonstrate, not only our ability to deliver on the University’s ethos of transforming lives and inspiring change, but we demonstrate also that our reach is long.”

Mr. Eric Adza-Yawo, the assistant principal of the school, said: “We are grateful to the University of Northampton for this kind gesture. It means so much to us and you have made lives here better. We hope you will continue to support us in this way so the children are able to reach their full potential.”

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