The Bukunor Junction M/A Basic school in the Yilo Krobo Municipality has started a plantain farm project, named ‘One Child, One Plantain’ for its pupils.
Headmistress of the school, Mrs. Gloria Tetteh explained in an interview with Rite News that the school adopted the idea of the program from a sister school.
“The plantain plantation project, ‘one child, one plantain’ is a flagship program initiated by a sister school in the circuit and which our school has taken it up,” she told Rite news reporter, Joyce Bedeley when she joined the school to celebrate its first speech and Prize giving day.
The Speech and Prize Giving Ceremony of the Bukunor Junction M/A Basic School held in the Yilo Krobo Municipality of the Eastern region was aimed at recognizing, celebrating and rewarding the achievements of students and teachers as well as to celebrate its academic and extra curricula achievements for the past years in Bukunor.
The ceremony, which was on the theme: “Comprehensive and Accessible Education, A Tool for Development In the 21st Century” saw the presentation of prizes to some teachers and students who excelled in various subjects within the previous year.
According to Mrs. Gloria Tetteh, the quest to generate funds to support the disadvantaged students in the school jolted the school’s administration into undertaking the ‘one child, one plantain’ venture.
“The cause behind this farming is to generate an Internally Generated Fund (IGF) to support the needy but brilliant students in the school and also serve as a source of funding for the maintenance of the school, especially in cases of emergency,” Mrs. Tetteh said.
She said the suckers of the plantain were brought by the students under a project where every child in the school is required to plant one plantain to cater for their needs in the coming years.
While she expressed hope of harvesting the plantain within two to three years, she was nevertheless worried that so far, the project has only received close to 100 suckers.
The farming is done by the students mostly on Fridays and some teachers are delegated to supervise them after which they come back to the classroom.
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