Over the past years, we have seen a focus on providing education to females all over the world, arguing that girls receive an education no less than men. However, if we take a step further, we can think about educating communities, specifically rural communities. What effects would education have if we were to educate a group of people?
“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.John F. Kennedy
Education also exposes the masses to information and helps prevent the misinterpretation of information. Education can lead to many positive outcomes, such as an improved ability to understand policies, procedures, rights, duties, government schemes, legislation, available benefits, mitigate teenage pregnancy, reduce the rate of social vices, and protection laws, among others.
Benedicta Cobbinah, a graduate of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), self-employed is a native of Asebu in the Abura Asebukwanankese district in the Central Region of Ghana. She is also the founder of a private school – Royal Height Model School. This may seem an unlikely combination of careers, yet this is not a private school in the sense that some might imagine. Far from serving any social elite, the school serves around 200 children from the local community, offering basic education for a small amount to cover tuition and learning materials.
She had to relocate from Accra, Ghana’s burgeoning capital to see to the development of her founded school in Asebu.
According to her, what informed her decision of setting up a school in her our native land was the idea of giving back to the society.
“Education is considered a vital element in the development of a society, a system, and a country. I am convinced that a well-supported, easily accessible education system is an efficient means to make people economically conscious, and thereby, make them actively participate in their economic prosperity and cultural development.
As an educator, I insist that education should be given first and foremost in the service of democracy, which demands not only to be protected against decisions but to be a part of decisions that influence society in a positive way which the rural citizens must benefit”. She said.
ETYMOLOGY OF THE SCHOOL
The school – ROYAL HEIGHT MODEL with a current population of about 200 and seven (7) teachers is structured from nursery to primary three (3). It was established on the 4th April, 2015 with two (2) students on a land acquired on her behalf by the father in the Asebu local community behind Old Chip Compound close to Mandis Factory with the intention of improving the intellectual capacity of the rural populace.
The land was acquired on the agreement of the community taking back the land when the need arise. The school lack infrastructure that will enhance teaching and learning to equip the pupil with the level of knowledge they require to excel within and outside the community.
Ghana has made great progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education. As a report by UNESCO in 2012 suggests, the government’s abolition of tuition fees and the introduction of the Capitation Grant (a subsidy per student per term) have ‘contributed to the dramatic increases in admission and enrollment rates in basic education over the past decade.’
Yet a large number of these students will have been educated through low-cost private schools like Benedicta ‘s. Figures from Ghana’s Ministry of Education report in 2010 suggest that private primary schools represent over 25 percent of the national total. Of these, a significant proportion will be low-fee schools.
We live in an age of speed and information, where motivation is the most important responsibility of any kind for people to obtain expected high performance in all walks of life especially in rural areas. Stimulating motivation remains an art that takes skill and grace of each manager as areas develop and as such Benedicta, the Head of Royal Height Model School is humbly appealing to the leaders of Asebu, the general public, philanthropists, and the world at large to come to their aid in making her dream of improving the rural education of her people a reality.
Benedicta is seeking support in order not to be forced to close down the dreams and efforts invested as the community leaders have drawn her attention to reuse the land on which the school stand.
To assist Royal Height School, kindly contact Benedicta on: +233 54 969 1678 and/or +233 55 695 2538