The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) Chief Executive, Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije, last Tuesday joined current Miss Ghana and Miss World to officially cut the sod for the construction of a modern nursery and day care center at Ayalolo Cluster of Schools in the Greater Accra Region.

According to Miss Ghana 2011, Stephanie Karikari, a proud winner of last year’s Miss World Beauty with a Purpose award, she was touched by the lives of children of school going age in the country hence her commitment to raise funds to put up the facility.

She noted  that a special fund raising Charity Ball was held at the Banquet Hall of the State House on Tuesday May 22, to raise substantial seed money in support of the project.

Addressing the enthusiastic pupils and students of Ayalolo Cluster of Schools, Stephanie Karikari indicated her commitment to make education central to her scheme of activities and called on the students to take their studies serious in order to become a success in future.

Flanked by the Executive Chairperson of the Miss World organization, Julia Morley, Ivian Sarcos, Miss World 2011, Miss Peurto Rico, Miss England and Chief Mandela, son of former South African leader Nelson Mandela, Inna Mariam Patty of Exclusive Events Ghana and Dr. Vanderpuije, she urged the government to device contingency measures to ensure that the right human resource was produced to spearhead the development of the country.

She called for trained personnel to be engaged in teaching at the early childhood educational level in the country.

For his part, the Mayor of Accra underscored the important role projects like that of Stephanie’s play in the lives of people, especially those living in Agbogbloshie, adding that the Miss Ghana event continues to be a significant event on the calendar of Ghana’s entertainment industry and that it was important for AMA to champion this social course.

He noted that AMA has donated a piece of land on which the day care facility would be built. He added that Miss Ghana’s initiative would complement the Assembly’s efforts to strengthen and improve the educational standards of the people in the Ga State.

Ghana is a two-time proud recipient of the Beauty with a Purpose award, which was instituted in 2001 by the Miss World organization, to award and encourage contestants whose projects seek to impact positively on the human race.

The last recipient before Stephanie was Lamisi Mbillah, whose project on the eradication of Guinea Worm in northern Ghana won the top most prize in 2006.

Also present at the ceremony was the Member of Parliament for Odododiodio constituency in the Greater Accra Region, Nii Tackey Commey, who called on the students to love one another and refrain from negative acts that could mar their studies.

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