“The Academy has been working hard to acquire a land to move these children from our current location to where we deem right.”

Madam Lydia Sackey, Board Chairperson of the Street Academy, said at a ‘Stakeholders Cocktail Night’ in Accra. The day is used by the stakeholders to take stock of the Academy activities, deliberate on its successes and challenges ahead.

“We are hoping that by the end of next year when we would be meeting like this again, the issue with land acquisition would be solved and we would have a piece of land in our name to begin our building project”.

Madam Sackey expressed her joy at the fact that the Academy could now boast of qualified staff who have been given in- service training to effect changes in the children in the area of reading and writing.

According to Madam Sackey, the Academy had also sent 17 children who graduated to the public schools and they would continue to offer continuous support to about 600 children who are in those public schools through the help of the Accra Metropolitan Director of Education and Right to Play, a non-governmental organisation.

Madam Sackey said that the Academy with the support of Senior Hands to Asia and Africa (SHAA) have started providing children food twice a day instead of once a day.

She recounted that absenteeism, which had been a major drawback of the Academy had been curtailed.

The Board Chairperson paid tribute to its stakeholders who had supported the Academy in diverse ways over the years, noting that their efforts had propelled the development of the Academy

Mr Eddie Duplan, a Businessman who chaired the ceremony, was happy with the way the Academy had taken children from the streets and offered them education.

Mr Peter Hall, who is in Charge of Banking Operations, CAL Bank, on behalf of its Managing Director, Mr Frank K Adu Junior, pledged the Bank’s continuous support to the Academy.

Mr Tim Hanson, a representative of LINTAS, an advertising firm, said his Company would lend a hand in the Academy’s building project by providing architectural designs.

The Street Academy, a Non-Governmental Organisation was established as a sports and cultural institution to unearth talents of children on the street.

Source: GNA/NewsGhana.com.gh

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