It was all joy and merry-making at the Amankwtia M/A School when Prof. and Mrs Jackson, handed over a refurbished classroom block to authorities of the school at a brief ceremony at the school premises.
Stakeholders present ceremony including teachers, pupils, old students and some parents could not hide their appreciation as they openly praised the Jackson family for transforming the school.
Also, paying glowing tribute to Prof. and Mrs Jackson were the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Amakomhene, Nana Adu Mensah Asare and a representative of the Regional Director of Education, Martin Fordjour.
The classroom block which is situated in the heart of the Garden City had not seen renovation for many years; due to its bad condition, many saw it as not befitting the status of a school.
This prompted the 1999 year group to mobilise resources to give the building a facelift – a situation that was brought to the attention of Mrs Theodosia Jackson, Principal of Jackson College of Education.
The state of the building touched the heart of the Jackson family who have not only given the building a facelift but also, the general landscaping of the school.
The family also renovated and furnished the staff common room and the headteacher’s office, making the school environment conducive for both teachers and pupils.
Mrs Jackson and her family also distributed packs of face masks, exercise books, mathematical sets, pens and pencils to pupils and teaching staff during the inauguration.
In addition, each pupil and staff received a branded T-shirt in various colours of the school as part of the kind gesture to ensure uniformity for the ceremony.
Mrs Jackson said it was unacceptable for a school in Kumasi to deteriorate to that level when it was brought to her attention by her daughter who is a member of the 1999 year group.
She said, she felt something urgent needed to be done to fix the problem to promote effective teaching and learning, especially because the school is located in the Kumasi Metropolis.
“So by the grace of God, we took up the mandate to assist to transform and to refurbish this institution”, she told the large gathering.
She observed that the interest of the Jackson family is not in the building but the transformation of lives, adding that Jesus Christ came to the world, not for anything but humanity.
“After we have done all these, if we do not look at the transformation of the pupils and the teachers, then I think we will fail in achieving our aim”, Mrs Jackson pointed out.
She counselled the pupils to be disciplined, show ethics and focus on their education because their success would depend on their attitude towards their studies after stakeholders have provided for them, the required educational needs.
Mrs Jackson entreated the pupils to justify the investment made in respect of the infrastructure of the school by raising the performance of the school in the next Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
On his part, Mr Osei Assibey-Antwi, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of Kumasi said the refurbishment of the school is the responsibility of the government and so for a family to embark on this exercise, deserve applause.
He said the immense contribution of the Jackson family to the development of education in the region over the years is amazing. Therefore, she expresses no surprise to hear they had taken up the refurbishment of the Amankwatia M/A School.
“The Jackson family cannot be described as the richest in this city yet they have the passion and they are creating a path that all well-to-do families would have to emulate”, he stated.
He said several families in the city are fabulously rich and could spend a million Ghana Cedis on birthdays; he, therefore, called on such people to emulate the Jackson family for the general good of society.
Nana Adu Mensah Asare, the Amakomhene applauded the Jackson Family for their selfless contribution to education and other social development activities. He said anytime he met Prof. and Mrs Jackson at a public event then it was necessarily about a contribution the family had done for society. This, he said, is a testimony of how committed they are to the transformation of lives and the development of society.
He also promised to furnish all the classrooms with 250 mono desks as part of his contribution to the development of the school.