Ghana: 500 Children in forest reserve denied education

About 500 children of school age in 10 communities in the Ho-West

District of the Volta Region have no

access to education because their parents have

illegally settled in the Kalakpa Forest Reserve in

the Abutia Traditional Area, where social

amenities are non-existent.

The people have no access to roads, electricity,

water, health and schools.

This was disclosed when the communities in

collaboration with the Ho-West District

Assembly organised an appeal for funds in aid of

a temporary structure for a pre -school building

for the communities.

They are Forsime, Droade, Vanakorpe, Folikorpe,

Vokpo, Avetakpo, Agotive, Atixoe, Xorkpo,

Dadzikope and Dowakorpe all within the Kalakpa

forest reserve.

Addressing a gathering last Monday, the

Chairman of the Kalakpa Community

Resettlement Board, Togbe Amedzake III, said

the people made a request for a pre-school in

preparation for a relocation outside the forest


According to him, there had been consultation

and dialogue between the Board and the Ho-

West District Assembly and that a pre-school

was a solution for resettlement.

Togbe Amedzake expressed regret that the

promise by the authorities to resettle the

communities was never fulfilled.

The Park Manager of the Forestry Commission,

Mr Alex Adjei, said the commission granted the

establishment of the school pending relocation

of the settlements, adding that a five- kilometre

square area had already been surveyed for a

new settlement for the people.

Mr Adjei warned that the commission would not

compromise on the laws of the land to protect

the forest reserve and that there was total

commitment to the protection of the reserve.

In an address, the Volta Regional Minister, Mr

Joseph Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo, said the

relocation exercise would be conducted on

humane grounds, and called for co-operation

with the government machinery to facilitate the

peaceful movement of the people from the


Mr Afotey-Agbo called on non-governmental

organisations to join the relocation exercise.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Ho-West,

Mr Emmanuel Bedzrah, expressed regret that

children were still not in school and commended

the resettlement board for taking the initiative

on education.

The Fiaga of Abutia traditional area, Togbe

Abutia Kodzo Gidi VIII, who chaired the

function, called on the Non Formal Education

Division (NFED) of the Ministry of Education to

extend their services to the communities.

Graphic.com.gh reported

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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