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Old Achimotans build new ultra-modern science facility for their alma mater

The Old Achimotan Association (OAA) committed itself in 2016 to build a new ultra-modern science facility for Achimota School to mark the school’s 90th anniversary in 2017.

The leadership learned of an initiative by Tullow Oil Ghana Limited to support second-cycle institutions with STEM infrastructure. The OAA wrote to Tullow Oil to express interest in the support and the application was accepted.

Role

After months of discussions, the OAA signed a grant agreement with Tullow Oil in October 2016.

The plan was to start the construction before the end of 2016 and finish it for handover to the school before Christmas 2017.

Tullow Oil supported the project with a total disbursement of $310,000. It is important to mention that the former Chief Executive of Tullow, Mr Charles Darku, played a pivotal role in getting this project going.

Team

The executive committee put in place a Project Management Team (PMT) made up of Akoras Osei Kwame Agyeman, 1975, as the Chairman; Ian Kpakpa Quartey, 1975, as the Project Consultant, Philip Bennett Aboagye, 1971, as the Quantity Surveyor; Leslie Awere-Kyere, 1977, as the Structural Engineer, and Eunice Quarcoopome, 1975 as the Administrator.

The brief from the OAA Executive Committee to the PMT was to “develop the most modern science facility available to any senior high school in Ghana”. They were to plan for four laboratories that could each accommodate 50 students comfortably at a time.

The new school building.Picture: Graphic Online

Each laboratory would be equipped with a SmartBoard to facilitate modern teaching and learning.

Happily, the design for the proposed building blended with other buildings in the institution, a combination of tradition and modernity, a major appeal of the structure.

The contractor was Messrs David Walter, a company run by another Akora, David Amankwah (1977). This group of professionals worked pro bono for the realisation of the project. They showed commitment throughout development and construction, deserves the commendation of all Akoras.

Phases

The sod-cutting event on January 28, 2017, coincided with the beginning of activities marking the 90th-anniversary celebration. Construction finally began in June 2017 and continued for the rest of the year with the main structure in place by the beginning of 2018.

The second phase of work began in July 2019. The instruction from OAA was that the building must be ready for use by the end of 2019. The project now required an additional investment of more than $350,000 to achieve that.

When it became obvious that OAA needed to embark on serious fund-raising, Akora Merene Benyah (Botsio), 1973, led the charge by approaching several friends and relatives and brought in the first personal contribution. The 1973 Year Group also decided “not to disgrace the OAA president” and several individuals contributed significant amounts to support the project.

One of the fund-raising strategies employed by OAA was to name a laboratory after any group, company or person that would contribute $50,000.

Breakthrough

The most significant breakthrough came when the 1978 Year Group committed to that and contributed $60,000. The 1970 Year Group also committed to supporting one laboratory for $50,000. They were going to celebrate 50 years of leaving school in 2020 and wanted to have a legacy project for the purpose.

The Orraca-Tetteh family offered $50,000 in honour of their late mother. The OAA had not reckoned with families wanting to be sponsors. This offer was accepted as it introduced another way in which the OAA could mobilise resources in future.

The 1973 Year Group hosted a dinner-dance in North Carolina to raise funds for the project in August 2019. The Group contributed $62,000 and remains the group with the largest number of individual $1,000 contributors.

The 1989 Year Group celebrated 30 years of leaving school in 2019 and decided to devote proceeds from the Annual OAA President’s Ball to this project. They donated $70,000 to the project, the largest.

Several year groups also made the $5,000 contribution decided on by the year group presidents’ meeting in January 2019. Significant support was also received from Stanbic Bank Ghana Limited and the Mohinani Group, and the OAA remains grateful for these donations.

Conclusion

The OAA sought to deliver to Achimota School the most modern science facility for a senior high school in Ghana. The project cost more than $700,000 and the process for developing it has been transparent and participatory.

Even though significant funding came from Tullow Oil, for which we are thankful, individual Akoras have played very significant roles to make this project possible.

The lesson from this is that there are many well-meaning and committed Akoras who will do anything for their alma mater.

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As the OAA hands over the facility to the school and after having trained more than 60 teachers in the use of the SmartBoards, we would like to reiterate a concern that many contributors expressed. They were worried about whether the school could maintain the facility.

We strongly encourage the management of the school to do all in its power to put the facility to good use and maintain it as appropriate.

How To Surprise🎁 Your Girlfriend👩‍👧On Her Birthday🎂

If you want to make your girlfriend feel special on her birthday, there are a lot of things that you can do. You don't have to spend a lot of money in order to make her feel loved and appreciated.

In fact, some of the best gifts are ones that come from the heart rather than being expensive or elaborate. Try one of these ideas for making your girlfriend feel special on her birthday:

Do something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Surprise your girlfriend on her birthday by doing something she has wanted to do for a long time.

Here are some ideas:

  • Go for a morning jog with her at the park.
  • Volunteer at the animal shelter together, cleaning cages and feeding dogs or cats. If you have kids, you could also bring them along when they're old enough to help out as well! This will be a great bonding experience for everyone involved!
  • Take her on an adventure in nature like hiking up a mountain or exploring caves nearby (if there are any). It's important that you plan ahead so she doesn't get hurt while trying these activities though! Also, make sure they aren't too strenuous since women tend to not have as much energy as men do even if they look good doing it too 😉

Go somewhere she has always wanted to go.

As a rule of thumb, we suggest that you take your girlfriend somewhere she has always wanted to go, but never had the time. This can be anything from a trip to the beach or concert to an amusement park or weekend getaway at a fancy hotel. The point is for you both to enjoy yourselves and have fun together!

If you want to do something really special for your lady love on her next birthday, book tickets for her favourite band taking over the town in two weeks—but don't tell her about it yet! This will keep her on her toes during their concert date and make her feel loved after all this effort from you!

Take her on an unconventional date.

A unique date can be the perfect way to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. When you take a girl out for the first time, you have to impress her and show her that you are not just any guy.

If she's never been to the place where you're taking her for dinner or drinks, then it'll definitely leave an impression on your woman.

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You don't have to go overboard with this one; just try something new and exciting! Even if what you choose is not extravagant or expensive, she will appreciate that special effort was made in order for her enjoyment - even more so when she realizes that all other guys wouldn't bother doing such things for their girlfriends' birthdays (or at all).

Get her a thoughtful gift.

When you're looking for the perfect birthday gift for your girlfriend, it's important to keep in mind that she will actually use and appreciate what you get her. A thoughtful gift is one that is special to you, but also something she will appreciate. You can take this a step further by making the gift yourself—this shows that you put a lot of thought into it!

A few ideas:

  • Paint her favourite picture of herself on canvas (or another medium) using watercolours or acrylics
  • Make a scrapbook filled with photos of your favourite memories together and write captions as captions were written back when people still wrote on paper instead of computers (which means they're handwritten)

Spend more time with her than you usually do.

As the saying goes, actions speak louder than words. This is especially true when it comes to your girlfriend of four years who has been feeling neglected lately and has been complaining that she wants more time with you.

Spend more time with her than you usually do. Make sure that each day you spend some quality one-on-one time with her before bedtime so that she knows how much she means to you—and how much fun she can be!

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important for couples to make time for each other even when life gets busy; this can help keep the spark alive in any relationship!

Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.

  • Do something out of the ordinary for the two of you.
  • Go for a walk in the park, go for a hike, or get a babysitter and go to a movie.
  • Take your girlfriend to an art gallery or museum and look at all the paintings together.
  • Go to an amusement park that she's never been to before (but don't forget her birthday present).
  • Go see a comedian perform live with your girlfriend so that he can make jokes about how old you both are!

Bring her flowers or a small gift when she least expects it.

Flowers are a classic gift that any woman would love to receive on her birthday. The most important thing to know is what kind of flowers she likes best, so do some research and make sure you know your girl's favourite flower before you go out and buy it.

If you're not sure, ask her friends or family members what they think she would like.

Another thing you can do with flowers is getting creative with the presentation. You could wrap them up in cellophane and place them in a small box filled with tissue paper or put them in a vase and bring that to her house.

This can be done by asking the florist for help if you aren't sure how to arrange them yourself!

Don't forget to include a card or note explaining why they're special: "Happy Birthday" or some form of gratitude might be enough depending on how well you know each other at this point (if not yet).

Give her a private dance party.

If you want to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday, then the best way is to invite her over for a private dance party.

You could play some of her favourite songs, or even make up a song that describes how much she means to you. You can even put on some fancy clothes and dance with her. The most important thing is to make it special because after all, this is the woman who has been by your side since the beginning.

If she doesn't like dancing and prefers to sit back and watch others do their thing, then just make sure that she feels comfortable watching from afar before joining the fun!

Bring back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

One of the best ways to surprise her is by bringing back an inside joke or happy memory from your relationship.

The best way to bring back a happy memory is by showing her something that reminds you both of that memory, like photos or videos. You can also share stories about how funny it was, and how much fun you had together.

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For example, if she always laughs when you say “I love dinosaurs” in a really annoying voice, then saying “I love dinosaurs” in your most annoying voice would be a great way to surprise her on her birthday!

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money

You can make your girlfriend feel special without spending too much money.

Spending time with her and doing something she has always wanted to do is one of the best ways to surprise your girlfriend on her birthday. You can also surprise her by buying her a thoughtful gift.

To make this gift special, you can add a personal touch that not everyone else will have thought of. For example, if your girlfriend likes chocolate then you could buy her some chocolates but add a personal message inside each box so that only they know what it says.

Conclusion

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to show how much you care about your girlfriend. If you want to do something special for her birthday, just think about what she likes and try to make it happen.

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