MTN Ghana builds classes in Madina
The MTN Ghana Foundation joined multitudes of people and organisations around the world to observe Mandela International Day in celebration of Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday which fell on 18th July 2013.
The day was marked with a community development activity as a tribute to an icon who dedicated 67 years of his life to fighting for freedom and contributed to the ushering in of democracy in South Africa. This is the fourth time the MTN Ghana Foundation participating in the celebration..
At a ceremony organised by the South African High Commission in Ghana and held at the Baba Yara Basic School located in Madina in the Greater Accra Region, the MTN Ghana Foundation commissioned a three unit Classroom Block with furniture, an Office, a Store Room, at a cost of GHC 134, 000. The block has been named “the Nelson Mandela block”.
In an address to commission the school block, the Corporate Services Executive of MTN Mrs Cynthia Lumor, reiterated the aspirations and contributions of Nelson Mandela who made so many sacrifices to the service of humanity through promotion and protection of human rights and reinforced his special commitment to education, which he describes as a powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.
Mrs. Lumor urged the pupils of the school to take their lessons seriously whilst utilising the benefits education presents to them in sharpening their skills and talents. She also encouraged the teachers to give off their best to ensure the success of their students.
“You are the key to the success of your student, and we hope that with this additional facility you will be well motivated to give your best to the pupils under your care. “You have an important part to play in shaping the future of these children who will grow up to be tomorrow’s leaders, like Nelson Mandela”, she added.
Addressing the gathering, the South African High Commissioner to Ghana Madam Jeanette Ndhlovu expressed her appreciation to all Ghanaians for the love and support extended to Nelson Mandela.
The ceremony was graced with some distinguished officials from South Africa led by the South African High Commissioner to Ghana, Madam Jeanette Ndhlovu, representatives from the South African Parliament, South Africa’s Ministers of Agriculture and Forestry and some players of a premier league team in South Africa, Sundown FC. Also present were members of Diplomat Corps, representatives from the United Nations Information Centre. Members of the South African business community in Ghana including the General Manager of DSTV Ghana, South African Airlines and Stanbic Bank were at the function.
The United Nations in November 2009, designated the 18thJuly birthday of Nelson Mandela as Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of his values and his dedication to the service of humanity.