JA Solar élu Meilleure marque d’EPV de la région MENA pour la troisième année consécutive

PÉKIN, 19 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Le Sommet mondial des énergies de l’avenir 2023 s’est tenu du 16 au 18 janvier à l’ADNEC d’Abou Dabi, où JA Solar, leader mondial de la fabrication de produits d’EPV à haute performance, a présenté ses modèles DeepBlue 3.0, DeepBlue 3.0 Pro et DeepBlue 4.0 X au stand 8130, attirant l’attention de beaucoup de visiteurs. Dans l’après-midi du 16 janvier, EuPD Research, un institut de recherche énergétique de renommée internationale, a décerné à JA Solar le prix de la meilleure marque d’EPV de la région MENA 2023. C’est la troisième année consécutive que JA Solar reçoit ce prix, qui est l’un des plus prestigieux dans l’industrie mondiale de l’énergie photovoltaïque (EPV).

Le Moyen-Orient dispose d’avantages naturels qui lui permettent de développer l’énergie solaire grâce à d’importantes ressources d’ensoleillement, et son environnement naturel entraîne des exigences strictes en matière de qualité et de performance des modules. Les modules de la série DeepBlue de JA Solar, qui affichent une puissance élevée, un rendement élevé, une capacité de production d’énergie élevée et une grande fiabilité, peuvent créer plus de valeur pour les clients, et le volume d’expédition figure parmi les plus hauts du secteur dans plusieurs pays du Moyen-Orient.

Au cours des dernières années, JA Solar a été reconnu « Meilleure marque d’EPV » par l’EuPD Research dans plusieurs marchés d’Europe, notamment en Allemagne, en France, en Pologne, en Italie, aux Pays-Bas et en Suisse, mais aussi dans des pays comme le Mexique, le Chili, l’Australie et le Vietnam. Ses produits continuent d’être bien reçus et appréciés par les utilisateurs du monde entier. L’attribution du prix de la meilleure marque d’EPV pour la région MENA 2023 illustre les avantages de la technologie et de la qualité des produits de JA Solar et confirme sa position de leader à long terme sur le marché mondial de l’EPV.

Report on the Sustainability Governance Practices of the 30 Largest Global Banks Comes Up With Interesting Findings

LONDON, Jan. 19, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Morrow Sodali and Nestor Advisors – A Morrow Sodali Company, are pleased to announce the publication of “Governance of sustainability in the largest global banks: A study of the top 30 European and North American banks”.

This Report examines the sustainability governance practices of the 30 largest European and North American banks. In preparing the Report, we reviewed various publicly available documentation and also interviewed representatives from fifteen leading banks, including nine board chairs, other board members and senior executives. Interviewees shed light on different practices, and why banks chose to pursue them. The resulting Report compares the banks across several data points and analyzes these findings against a double index of sustainability and financial performance.

Stilpon Nestor, the Report’s leading author stated, “Sustainability is one of the big issues facing banks and their leadership. Shareholders and various stakeholders, including regulators, expect banks to be proactive in sustainability. On the strategy side, the “greening of the book” is the big challenge, especially in markets with big “brown” sectors. On the risk side, some regulators expect banks to integrate sustainability risk within the core risk management framework and its key categories. They also expect a clear sustainability perspective in the risk appetite framework. In order to deliver in these areas, global banks have reshaped existing governance and organizational arrangements and have developed some new ones. Our Report examines these arrangements and comes up with interesting, sometimes counterintuitive, findings.”

Among these findings, the issue of board skills in relation to sustainability was highlighted. All of the banks we interviewed do not see having sustainability experts on the board as a priority. Their priority is to make their existing board members more cognizant in the sustainability area. In that sense, they emphasize the development of director skills.

How does a board structure itself to address sustainability? In many cases, this is done by setting up a new committee. However, structure often reflects the level of maturity of the issues in a bank. One interesting finding of the Report is that banks further advanced in the “maturity spectrum” have done away with special committees and discuss sustainability as part of the general strategy and risk appetite.

Another key finding relates to the role of management in ensuring all business functions strengthen their capabilities to understand sustainability. This is an issue that touches upon all business areas of a bank, whether it is a corporate, retail or private bank, as well as risk, finance and internal audit functions. That is why most global banks have created senior management committees to oversee this transversal work. The seniority of the members of this committee is key. In 50% of the banks, the CEOs themselves are heading this senior coordinating committee.

Most banks have also included sustainability parameters in their executive remuneration approach. The Report finds that in the best performing ones, sustainability considerations have a relatively significant “weight” among other factors in determining variable compensation.

We hope you find this study insightful, and that the findings will be helpful from the perspective of all stakeholders. Click here to request the Report in full.

ABOUT MORROW SODALI

Morrow Sodali is a leading provider of strategic advice and shareholder services to corporate clients around the world. The firm provides corporate boards and executives with strategic advice and services relating to corporate governance, ESG, shareholder and bondholder communication and engagement, capital markets intelligence, proxy solicitation, shareholder activism and mergers and acquisitions.

From headquarters in New York and London, and offices and partners in major capital markets, Morrow Sodali serves over 1,000 corporate clients in 80+ countries, including many of the world’s largest multinational corporations. In addition to listed and private companies, its clients include financial institutions, mutual funds, ETFs, stock exchanges and membership associations.

For more information, please visit morrowsodali.com.

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Nestor Advisors is the specialized board and governance advisory subsidiary of Morrow Sodali. We are a global advisory firm specializing in corporate governance, sustainability and organizational design, and work with the boards and senior management of financial institutions, companies and not-for-profit organizations to improve decision making, organizational structures, controls and incentives.

Fully integrated with Morrow Sodali, the two companies provide the firm’s global client base with a comprehensive suite of advisory services relating to corporate governance, ESG, sustainability and stakeholder engagement.

Our services span a broad spectrum including holistic assessments yielding a significant redesign of a company’s governance system, board evaluations, group governance, board training, risk management, and the development of specific policies and controls. Whatever the scope, our services are always closely tailored to our clients’ needs.

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SOFAR lance des solutions photovoltaïques C&I de 100 à 125 kW à l’échelle mondiale lors du WFES 2023

ABU DHABI, EAU, 19 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — SOFAR, premier fournisseur mondial de solutions photovoltaïques et de stockage d’énergie, lance officiellement le tout nouvel onduleur à l’échelle mondiale – SOFAR 100-125KTL-G4 au World Future Energy Summit.

SOFAR a dévoilé sa dernière solution d’onduleur à chaînes 100-125KTL-G4, optimisée pour la C&I et les petites installations solaires, qui comprend l’intégration d’un courant ultra-élevé, une installation facile et une protection intelligente à la pointe du secteur. Le produit se caractérise par plusieurs MPPT de 10*40 A plus un courant ultra-élevé, parfaitement compatibles avec des modules de puissance élevée et différentes conceptions de toit, assurant ainsi un coût actualisé de l’énergie inférieur et des rendements plus élevés. Pesant moins de 75 kg, l’onduleur est facile à installer sans coûts de main-d’œuvre supplémentaires. En outre, la plate-forme de surveillance dans le nuage rend possible une exploitation et une maintenance sans soucis. L’onduleur est également opérationnel pour le balayage de courbe AFCI et I-V, et dispose d’une protection IP65 avec un effet anti-corrosion C5, qui est résistante aux conditions difficiles du Moyen-Orient et de l’Afrique.

Outre le lancement du nouveau produit, SOFAR présente également diverses solutions de stockage d’énergie et de services d’utilité publique, parmi lesquelles 255KTL-HV-TRO. Spécifiquement conçu pour les projets de taille industrielle au sol, le produit dispose d’une récupération PID et d’une protection IP66 avec une efficacité maximale allant jusqu’à 99,02 %, visant à offrir de faibles coûts d’exploitation et de maintenance, des performances stables et l’efficacité d’un système maximisée. L’onduleur SOFAR de 255 kW a remporté une commande totale de plus de 1 GW pour une énergie photovoltaïque à taille industrielle en Chine en 2022.

Après le lancement de 100-125KTL-G4, SOFAR a signé un accord de distribution de 510 MW avec Noon Energy, Almajd, Nanosun et Beacon.

« Le Moyen-Orient-Afrique est l’un des marchés les plus attrayants du secteur des énergies renouvelables. SOFAR estime que cette année verra une croissance régulière du marché photovoltaïque au Moyen-Orient et en Afrique. « SOFAR se consacrera à l’innovation technologique continue et offrira les solutions les plus compétitives pour les clients à l’avenir, a déclaré Jesse Lau, responsable de SOFAR Moyen-Orient et Afrique. »

À propos de SOFAR

SOFAR est un fournisseur mondial de solutions photovoltaïques et de stockage d’énergie. Il s’engage à être le leader des solutions énergétiques numériques. Cette société soutient la transition vers l’énergie renouvelable grâce à un portefeuille complet comprenant des onduleurs photovoltaïques de 1 à 255 kW, des onduleurs hybrides de 3 à 20 kW, un système de stockage de batterie et des solutions intelligentes de gestion de l’énergie pour des applications résidentielles, de C&I et de taille industrielle. SOFAR a toujours insisté sur l’innovation indépendante et a établi un réseau mondial de R&D avec trois centres dédiés. En tant que marque d’énergie solaire à la croissance la plus rapide au monde, SOFAR est devenue la TOP 5 des fournisseurs mondiaux d’onduleurs hybrides.

Pour en savoir plus sur SOFAR, consultez le site : https://www.sofarsolar.com/.

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Huawei Cloud figure parmi les finalistes du prix Franz Edelman

SHENZHEN, Chine, 19 janvier 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Le 17 janvier 2023, les six finalistes du concours Franz Edelman ont été annoncés. Parmi eux, Huawei Cloud, qui se distingue de la concurrence par sa technologie pionnière d’ordonnancement des ressources cloud et ses excellentes performances sur le marché. Le prix Franz Edelman est décerné chaque année par l’Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS) pour récompenser les réalisations dans le domaine des sciences de la gestion. Huawei Cloud est la première entreprise de cloud computing à être présélectionnée pour sa technologie d’ordonnancement au cours des 50 dernières années.

La façon de maximiser l’utilisation des ressources cloud sans compromettre la qualité du service reste un défi crucial pour l’industrie du cloud. La technologie d’ordonnancement des ressources cloud de Huawei Cloud, à la pointe de l’industrie, fournit une solution qui augmente l’utilisation des ressources du réseau de médias de plus de 30 % grâce à ses algorithmes innovants. L’amélioration de la qualité de service (QoS) s’est traduite par une multiplication par dix de l’activité de livestreaming au cours des deux dernières années.

Des scientifiques de haut niveau et des algorithmes innovants pour résoudre les problèmes de l’industrie

Huawei Cloud a chargé 39 scientifiques répartis dans 16 centres de recherche en Chine et à l’étranger de mener des recherches sur la planification des ressources cloud. Yuan Xiaoming, scientifique en chef du Huawei Cloud Algorithm Innovation Lab, a collaboré avec des experts du domaine du livestreaming pour œuvrer à l’optimisation de l’utilisation des ressources et à la garantie de la qualité du service dans le cadre de la facturation de la bande passante au 95e centile. Les scientifiques ont développé des algorithmes pour les problèmes hors ligne et en ligne, respectivement. Au cours du processus de résolution des problèmes, ils ont rencontré deux difficultés :

Tout d’abord, en raison de la fonction de coût non convexe et non lisse du modèle mathématique, la minimisation du coût de la facturation de la bande passante au 95e centile s’avère un problème complexe. Deuxièmement, Huawei Cloud Live implique plus de 2 800 nœuds périphériques. Par conséquent, on compte 120 milliards de variables binaires et continues dans les modèles mathématiques correspondants.

En outre, il est difficile de développer un algorithme capable de fournir un schéma d’ordonnancement précis en quelques millisecondes dans les scénarios d’ordonnancement de réseaux de médias du monde réel.

Pour décrire précisément ces problèmes, les experts ont élaboré une série de modèles de programmation mathématique, qui constituent un paradigme pour les recherches futures. Les experts ont également effectué une analyse approfondie de la structure et des caractéristiques mathématiques des modèles. Ils ont fractionné les problèmes en sous-problèmes, pour lesquels ils ont développé des algorithmes conjuguant facilité de résolution et de mise en œuvre, efficacité et stabilité. Les résultats d’expériences numériques montrent que ces algorithmes améliorent l’utilisation du réseau de médias de plus de 30 % et fournissent également de meilleurs indicateurs de qualité de service, tels qu’un taux de réussite plus élevé pour l’extraction du flux, un gel des images plus court en 100 secondes et un délai plus court avant la lecture de la première image.

Huawei Cloud permet également à de nombreux autres aspects de l’ordonnancement d’atteindre de nouveaux sommets, notamment grâce à son algorithme MKSP du plus court chemin, leader du secteur, et à sa collaboration avec le réseau fédérateur Huawei (une caractéristique unique dans le secteur) et les services cloud avancés. La recherche liée à l’ordonnancement a donné lieu à 30 brevets et 6 articles de recherche.

Le système d’ordonnancement du réseau de médias de Huawei Cloud alimente la croissance du livestreaming

Le système d’ordonnancement du réseau de médias de Huawei Cloud, qui résout les problèmes auxquels le secteur est confronté depuis longtemps, a été adopté par les principales plateformes de livestreaming de Chine, telles que Douyu et Huya. Huawei Cloud a mis au point un modèle de trafic réseau et un schéma d’ordonnancement, qui tiennent compte des fluctuations du trafic, afin de garantir le bon déroulement du livestreaming des événements clés. Grâce à Huawei Cloud, plus de 60 événements sportifs internationaux ont été diffusés en direct avec succès. La solution de livestreaming de Huawei Cloud offre une qualité de service de pointe, avec notamment un taux de réussite de 100 % pour l’extraction des flux, une latence de bout en bout de 2 à 3 secondes, une latence inférieure à 800 millisecondes pour le service Low Latency Live et un démarrage de la lecture des vidéos en direct en quelques secondes sans gel des images. La quantité de ressources média fournies par Huawei Cloud et destinées aux principales plateformes de livestreaming en Chine a été multipliée par 10 au cours des deux dernières années.

En adhérant à la stratégie « Everything as a Service », Huawei Cloud exploitera sa technologie d’ordonnancement de pointe pour créer davantage de valeur pour des secteurs tels que l’énergie, le transport, la logistique et le commerce de détail.

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New research reveals shifting identities of global fishing fleet to help bolster fisheries management

Scientific study fuses multiple data sources to advance global understanding of vessel identity and behavior

WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A new study published today in Science Advances combines a decade’s worth of satellite vessel tracking data with identification information from more than 40 public registries to determine where and when vessels responsible for most of the world’s industrial fishing change their country of registration, a practice known as “reflagging”, and identify hotspots of potential unauthorized fishing and activity of foreign-owned vessels.

Using big data processing and a compilation of global datasets, researchers from Global Fishing Watch, the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab from Duke University, and Stockholm Resilience Centre were able to track and analyze 35,000 commercial fishing and support vessels to reveal their changing identities and enable the reconstruction of vessel histories to demonstrate reflagging patterns.

The study, “Tracking Elusive and Shifting Identities of the Global Fishing Fleet” found that close to 20 percent of high seas fishing is carried out by vessels that are either internationally unregulated or not publicly authorized, with large concentrations of these ships operating in the Southwest Atlantic Ocean and the western Indian Ocean.

The data used in the study is intended to complement the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ Global Record of Fishing Vessels, Refrigerated Transport Vessels and Supply Vessels, a flagship transparency initiative which serves as the official database of information on vessels used for fishing and fishing-related activities. Together with the International Maritime Organization’s ship identification number scheme, these resources can provide fisheries authorities with the information needed to adequately monitor vessel activity, implement flag State responsibilities, and inform responsible fisheries management.

“Until now, we’ve had limited information linking together the identity and activity of specific vessels,” said Jaeyoon Park, senior data scientist at Global Fishing Watch and lead author of the study. “When a vessel’s identity is changed, it makes tracking them all the more difficult, allowing bad actors the opportunity to take advantage of information gaps and avoid oversight. We need to close that loophole.”

Of the 116 States involved in reflagging, the study found that one-fifth of them were responsible for about 80 percent of this practice over the past decade, with most reflagging occurring in Asia, Latin America, Africa, and the Pacific Islands. The study found that reflagging takes place in just a few ports—Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Busan, Zhoushan, and Kaohsiung have the highest activity. Vessels are often reflagged to States that are unrelated to the ports in which they are changing their registrations. This means that a vessel can change its flag from one country to another without ever having to enter port in either of those countries.

While there are legitimate reasons for a vessel to change its identity, abusive reflagging, or “flag hopping,” is one way that operators avoid oversight. The study found that fleets with prevalent reflagging are over five times more likely to be composed of vessels under foreign ownership which are often registered to “flags of convenience,” defined by the International Transport Workers’ Federation as countries that offer foreign shipowners the ability to register, or fly the flag, of their own State.

While reflagging and foreign ownership are lawful, when not properly regulated and monitored, they can indicate a risk of illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. IUU fishing accounts for as much as 20 percent of the global seafood catch with annual losses valued at up to $23.5 billion.

“Knowing the identities of vessels fishing the high seas is critical for uncovering the connection between the potential IUU fishing behavior and vessels that repeatedly change their name, flag State or registered owner,” said co-author Gabrielle Carmine, a doctoral candidate at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment. “This analysis could be used to help monitor fisheries more effectively and for accountability in the use and protection of marine biodiversity.”

The study also identified concentrations of fishing activity by foreign-owned vessels, which are focused in parts of the high seas and certain national waters, including the southwest Pacific, the northwest Indian Ocean, Argentina and the Falkland Islands (Malvinas), and West Africa where vessels are typically owned by China, Chinese Taipei, and Spain. The hotspots in this study correspond to the areas in which multiple nongovernmental organizations have called for better governance systems.

“By synthesizing more than 100 billion GPS positions with consolidated identity information from 200,000 vessels, we were able to reveal patterns about vessel activity from the past decade,” added Park. “This study represents a major step forward in our ability to enhance monitoring efforts and help authorities direct enforcement resources.”

The data used in this study will be periodically updated and shared publicly to help enable better understanding of vessel behavior and bolster international fisheries management.

Notes to the editor:

  • Download data visualizations, video, and figures from the paper here: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/11T-UNkRQmlktINuTw5ufurNFuzAIxTu8?usp=share_link
  • Data visualization caption: Data analysis in this study’s assessment of fishing compliance revealed hotspots of fishing activity by foreign-owned vessels in the southwest Pacific, the west Indian oceans, and certain national waters.
  • About vessel identity data: The data used to determine vessel identities in this study were based on public registries. A lack of vessel identity information exists at the national level, while the high seas are predominantly covered by registries published by regional fisheries management organizations. The identity data used in this study has more extensive coverage for vessels that are 24 meters and longer, as these vessels are more likely to be registered to national or international public registries than smaller ones.
  • About AIS data: First developed as a collision-avoidance system, AIS is essential to vessel and crew safety. But AIS is easily manipulated, as it can simply be switched off or allow the transmission of false information, such as a vessel’s name, type or location. Currently there is no global mandate for all fishing vessels to broadcast on AIS. And due to the varying quality of satellite reception by region, there is also unequal coverage of AIS data throughout the world. Most vessels larger than 24 meters are equipped with AIS while only a small fraction of vessels smaller than 24 meters use AIS, resulting in limitations in AIS data.
  • Paper citation: J. Park, J. Van Osdel, J. Turner, C. M. Farthing, N. A. Miller, H. L. Linder, G. Ortuño Crespo, G. Carmine, D. A. Kroodsma, Tracking elusive and shifting identities of the global fishing fleet. Sci. Adv. 9, eabp8200 (2023).
  • Download the data at: https://globalfishingwatch.org/data-download/datasets/public-vessel-identity:v20230118 

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Wa SHS old boys donate equipment to School

Wa, Jan. 19, GNA – Old Boys of the Wa Senior High have donated some equipment to their alma mater to help promote teaching and learning.

The 1980-year group donated a duplicator and two projectors valued at GH¢44,000 to aid the teachers to teach and impact knowledge and skills to the students.

The donation was based on an appeal made to the Wa Secondary School Old Students Association by the school authorities during the launch of its 50th anniversary celebrations held in Wa last year.

Mr Ambrose Yennah, a spokesperson for the group, said during the anniversary it was announced that the only duplicating machine in the school had broken down, which was affecting administrative and Secretarial duties.

He said with the provision of the equipment, the burden of going outside to print examination questions and other secretarial functions would be reduced and enhance efficiency in its operations.

The equipment would also aid the students in their studies and for the teachers to improve on their teaching skills to impact essential knowledge and training to the students.

Professor Robert Yennah, National President Wa Secondary School Old Students Association, urged the students to take their studies seriously and use the knowledge and skills acquired to shape their destinies for the future.

“Your teachers serve as tools for you to use and shape your destinies, and if you don’t do it, nobody will do it for you, and you don’t have anybody to blame in future”, he admonished.

He congratulated the teachers for the efforts to help shape the students by providing them with necessary skills and knowledge to arm them for a better future.

Professor Yennah commended the 1980-year group for the donation of the equipment and appealed to other year groups to help the school with more donations.

He expressed dissatisfaction about the current poor stage of dormitories for human habitation and needed to be improved on for a better environment for the students to stay and study.

Mr Adams Iddrisu Thirdman, Headmaster of the school, thanked the group for the provision of the equipment, which he said would help motivate the students and teachers to improve on academic performance to raise the good name of the school at the regional and national levels.

“We expressed gratitude to the association for the provision of materials during the heat of the COVID 19 pandemic, the delivery of a 32-inche television set to the Science and Mathematics Unit, and the rehabilitation of a room, which was gutted by fire.

“We also wish to express our highest singular honour and appreciation to the Speaker of Parliament, Right Hon. Alban Sumana Kingsford Bagbin for his promise to provide a 2,000-seater capacity multipurpose auditorium for the school, and it is our dream to see this edifice delivered sooner than later,” he said.

He announced that the government was also ready to construct a modern dining hall facility and rehabilitate the old kitchen to give it a befitting outlook to improve food hygiene and enhance quality service delivery.

On academic performance, he said for the past years, the school had been recording high performance at the WAEC and gave the assurance that the 2022 results would also be good.

He, however, bemoaned the deplorable nature of dormitories, which he described as life risking and needed to be rehabilitated to make them conducive for habitation and enhanced quality learning, among the students.

He pleaded with the association and public-spirited individuals, as well as non-governmental organisations to aid the school with computers, saying, “our ICT laboratory has less than 10 functional computers, which are woefully inadequate for the students.”

He appealed to some members of the association, who had an in-depth knowledge of the subjects, taught at the school to avail themselves to make presentations, also through zoom learning to help improve academic performance.

Mr Thirdman appealed to the association to establish a Secretariat in the school for its administrative activities, and as well provide an Astroturf for keep-fit exercises to benefit the school and the general public.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Stakeholders at Kpapu appeals for new classroom

Nkwanta South (O/R), Jan,19, GNA- Stakeholders have raised alarm over the deteriorating school structure, which could soon collapse on pupils.

Chiefs, elders, teachers and pupils of Kpapu, a farming community in the Nkwanta South Municipality of the Oti Region have appealed to the authorities to come to their aid and never wait for a disaster to strike.

Mr Simon Maprumbe, Assemblyman for Nyambong West electoral area in the Nkwanta South Municipality, told the GNA in an interview during a visit to the school that the school was constructed by parents in the community to provide a somewhere for their children to attend school.

He said parents were contributing to pay the volunteer teachers until the school was absorbed by the government in 2017 and till date only two teachers were posted to the facility and responsible for nursery to primary six.

“Every child hopes to get quality education and fit well into the society, but for my people here, is a mirage because as you can see for yourself two classes occupy one class room and there are no desks for them to seat because four children seats on one desk and all the desks in the school is not up to thirty, no toilet facility or enough teachers to teach them,” said the Assembly man.

The Assemblyman, however, called on the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly, Ghana Education Service, NGOs, philanthropists and individuals to come to their aid by raising the school structure to a standard that will encourage these children to see the need for them to go to school.

Mr Thasun Oliver, headteacher of the school, also pleaded with GES to bring more teachers to the school in order to improve academic performance as only two teachers were inadequate.

He appealed that the Ghana School Feeding programme be extended to the school to motivate and serve as a pull-factor for the pupils to patronise the school.

Source: Ghana News Agency

Parents urged to visit children in boarding schools

Ashanti Kpoeta (V/R), Jan 19, GNA – Mrs Seyram Abra Geni-Aidam, Ho Municipal Girls Education Officer, has called on parents to extend supervision to their wards in boarding schools.

She said more children in boarding schools suffered parental neglect as they endured one of the most critical stages of their education, and that parents needed to reconsider the residential school application.

Mrs Geni-Aidam was speaking at the inauguration of a day care centre for the high-altitude community of Ashanti Kpoeta in the Ho West District of the Volta Region.

She asked parents to consider the residential school as a wild bootcamp for youth development, and that personal supervision would be needed to ensure total welfare and development.

Sharing some experiences as a senior high school tutor, girls’ education officer said, “some parents don’t visit their children for the entire school years.

“Parents come and just hand over their children. One parent came to me and said, ‘I am leaving my child in your hands. And I told him, no please. You can’t leave your child in my hands. I also have children. We must set our priorities right.”

She said, nonetheless, the school retained responsibility over the total development of the child, and thus teachers must provide the needed care and counselling and seek to win the confidence of their students.

Mrs Geni-Aidam said teachers must not lose sight of the need for discipline, and that parents must provide the necessary support for child development.

“We have to discipline our children because an undisciplined child is a catastrophe to the nation”, she said, adding, “Government policy does not prevent disciplining of children at home although it prohibits corporal punishment in schools.”

Wisdom of Wisdom, the daycare centre being inaugurated, was established by a private individual to support parenting in the community known among the highest settlements in Ghana, and the school charges a pittance of one cedi per day.

The Girls Education officer commended the initiative and said the private school system remained immovable within the essence of nation education development and should be supported to provide the required environment for academic and social development.

She said private schools would need to collaborate more with the GES to be able to maintain education programming relevant to the times.

Mr. Edward Wallace Tagbo, a social philanthropist with Christian leanings, founded the centre with the aim of helping parents of the agrarian community juggle childcare and agro labour.

He said he sought to support the state school system to meet the dynamic needs of children in the community, and that the daily sustenance fee of one cedi was being maintained for affordability.

The proprietor said the establishment progressed towards a complete basic school on his personal efforts and the commitment of parents, and therefore appealed to the Local Assembly and aid organizations for help.

The institution currently has 87 children enrolled in creche, kindergarten and basic school, and is being run by seven staff, including trained teachers.

Source: Ghana News Agency