The Dansoman multipurpose library has recorded about 20,000 visits since its opening in November 2020.
This was revealed when a team from the MTN Ghana Foundation visited the Dansoman Robotics and Community Library to witness first-hand how the facility has impacted the community.
The multipurpose facility was constructed and handed over to the community by MTN Ghana Foundation in November 2020 with the aim to help improve the reading culture of the community and whip up students’ interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses. The facility comprised a 100-seater conventional library area, a 20-seater ICT center and a Robotics lab.
The Robotics and ICT labs are used as learning resource centers for students and young people undergoing training in Robotics.
Speaking during the visit, the Senior Manager for Sustainability and Social Impact for MTN Ghana Foundation, Robert Kuzoe expressed his excitement about how the library has impacted the people. He said, “The records on the patronage has been impressive and it shows the facility is positively impacting reading habits in the community. We are happy to see that we are achieving the objective for which the facility was set up.”
He applauded the management of the library (Ghana Library Authority) for their good maintenance culture in keeping the building in good shape. He said “I’m impressed with how the facility has been maintained. As we all know, maintenance culture is an issue in Ghana and in many instances, we have had to expend funds to refurbish relatively new facilities that have been handed over to beneficiaries. As you can see, this facility looks as if it was handed over today, but this was handed over in 2020 – two years ago,” he added.
The head of Dansoman Multipurpose Library, Madam Rejoice Akosua Agyei, expressed her gratitude to the MTN Ghana Foundation for their good deeds and urged them to visit regularly.
She also stated that the facility has really impacted the students and communities as the library has seen good patronage. She said, “We have recorded 20,000 visits since we started operations. Day in, day out the patronage keeps increasing”.
The Dansoman Community Library situated within Ebenezer Senior High School at the time of the handing over was the first Secondary School library in Ghana to have a modern integrated ICT Center and a Robotics lab. The multipurpose facility was constructed at cost of GHC 770,000.
Nana Kofi Asare
Ag. Chief Corporate Services Officer
Georgina Asare Fiagbenu
Corporate Communications Senior Manager
NOTES TO EDITORS
About The MTN Foundation:
The MTN Ghana Foundation was established in November 2007 as the vehicle to select and implement MTN’s Corporate Social Investments.
MTN Ghana Foundation has three areas of focus -Health, Education and Economic Empowerment.
From its inception to date, the Foundation has undertaken 158 major projects across the country. Notable health projects include: construction of a Neonatal Care Center for Tamale Teaching Hospital, refurbishment of the 2nd floor maternity block of the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, construction of a maternity block for Ejisu Government Hospital, and construction of an Emergency Center for Atua Government Hospital.
Education projects undertaken include: construction of a boys dormitory for Akropong School for the Blind, construction of a six-unit classroom block for Kodjonya Millennium School, establishment of 10 MTN ICT Learning Centers in each of Ghana’s 10 regions and the institution of an Innovation Hub at KNUST to promote Telecoms Engineering and Research.
Key projects undertaken in Economic Empowerment include: the construction of shea butter processing centers, provision of seed capital and skill training for Women of Tizaa Dini Association of Yendi and the Sung Suma Women Association of Wa.
For more information visit http://www.mtn.com.gh/about-mtn/community/mtn-ghana-foundation.