Without electricity, day-to-day living can be very frustrating and negatively impact our quality of life, including our ability to work and learn.
For many school children in Ghana, life without electricity is a reality and limits their ability to study at night so they can perform well in school and pass examinations.
Dokyikrom is a community near the perimeter of Newmont’s Ahafo mine in the Brong Ahafo Region, and the town has yet to be connected to the national electricity grid. For students at the Dokyikrom D/A School, studying at night is a major challenge, which limits their ability to do well in school.
Employees from Newmont’s Ahafo mine, led by General Manager Joep Coenen, embarked on a mission to provide a rechargeable solar lamp to each student in the community, enabling them to study at night. The students were also given a backpack, four exercise books and a pen.
In all, approximately 800 children from the 12 communities on the mine’s perimeter, including Dokyikrom, Amakona, Akorekrom, Ananekrom Nsonyameye, Oseiwusukrom, Yarogrumah, Manu Shed and some other areas, were also provided similar packages.
Georgina Combert, incoming Girls’ Prefect of the Dokyikrom D/A School, said the community’s lack of electricity negatively impacts the students’ academic performance. “We mostly rely on our parents’ lanterns and torchlights to study at night, but we can only use them when our parents are not using them,” she said. “With this donation, we now have lamps of our own to study and bags to store our books. We are grateful to Newmont and hope that more of such gestures will come from them to help develop our community.”
For Gideon Asare, outgoing Boys Prefect, the solar lamps could not have arrived at a better time as he has been in dire need of a personal lamp. “I am in JHS 3 and have barely two weeks to the start of my final BECE (junior high school) exams. This lamp will help me prepare adequately.”
Joep Coenen, Ahafo Mine General Manager, said that the donation is in line with Newmont’s objective to support sustainable development in the mine’s host communities. “We need future generations to continue with these development initiatives, which is why we must invest in their education now,” he said. “This is one of the things we believe will help inspire confidence in our young ones in Dokyikrom and ultimately help in the development of the community.”