Asanko Gold Ghana Limited started a literacy project with support from Canadian Organization for Development through Education(CODE) to enhance the reading and speaking skills of the students in schools in the Amansie South district in the Ashanti Region.
Ghana Book Trust was also of great importance to the project. The first phase of the project began in 2016 with about 8 schools.
Asanko Gold, is spending more than GHS 1.85 million in the catchment region under the venture covering about 32 government schools at the basic and junior high levels; 150 teachers are also covered in these schools.
A contest amongst schools from the Amansie district was held to show the impact of the project 6 years on.
Kumpese Akwasiso D/A impressed the most by winning at the Junior High level and ending up second at the basic level. Even so, the stakeholders were most impressed with the literacy prowess and public speaking abilities of the participants who showed great progress.
Executive Vice President and Managing Director of Asanko, Mr Frederick Attakumah, gave out a laptop to the winning school at the Junior high level. Other participants received exercise books and pens.
Land Access and Social Investment Unit manager of Asanko, Mr Kwabena Kwaakye, indicated that the contest was an evaluation course for the project and talked about the investment of the partners through donating books and furniture; 40 schools and 150 teachers and librarians have benefited from the 12000 reading materials and furniture donated.