Three classrooms, 27 benches, tables, chairs, a toilet with hand washing and school garden equipment were on April 13, 2016 handed over to Government Secondary School Bangshie by Strategic Humanitarian Services, SHUMAS and her partner Building Schools for Africa and Market Makers much to the satisfaction of the school administration.
Created in August 2012, Government Secondary School Bangshie has been operating in rented premises and was therefore in dire need of classrooms.
Speaking at the handing over ceremony at the esplanade of the school presided at by the Divisional officer of Bamenda I, the principal, Abongwa Eric Abongwa said the timely intervention of Strategic Humanitarian Services, SHUMAS and her partner Building Schools for Africa has given hope to the students who can now study in a conducive environment.
“The students, teachers and administration of GSS Bangshie remain very indebted to SHUMAS and her partners for these indelible marks of philanthropy which will certainly stand the taste of time for posterity to continue to appreciate as we are doing today” noted Abongwa Eric Abongwa.
He hoped that the classroom project will greatly reduce the illiteracy level rate within the Bangshie community and its environs, a drop in early marriages, teenage pregnancy juvenile delinquency amongst others.
On her part, the Lord Mayor of Bamenda I Council on behalf of the people of Bamenda I municipality thanked SHUMAS for the structures adding that it “will assist in the development of the intellect” of their siblings economically, socially and other wise.
She equally saluted the spirit of cooperation among the Bangshie community and encouraged them to always avail themselves when activities that need their attention come up.
The DO for Bamenda I just like the Divsional Delegate of Secondary Education for Mezam heaped praises on SHUMAS for coming to the help of the four year old school and called on the community to make use of the infrastructure by sending their children to school.
On her part, the Programes Coordinator of SHUMAS Billian Nyuykighan, on behalf of the Director General prescribed judicious use of the equipment as a motivating factor for SHUMAS and her partners to come back for more projects to the community.
“I want to call on the entire community to carefully and seriously protect these facilities so that many generations of children and their families can benefit from them” she added.
Marrianne Johnson chairperson of Building Schools for Africa satisfied by the mobilization and the judicious implementation of the project hoped that a minister of Education should come from the school.
The students and the community expressed their satisfaction and joy for the gifts of classrooms and equipment in song and dance.