The Pentecost Social Services (PENTSOS), in collaboration with its development partner, International Christian Ministries (ICM), Ghana, has commissioned libraries in the Pentecost Preparatory schools (PPS) at Akim Kwabeng, Agormany, and Akosombo.
PENTSOS is implementing the School Library Improvement project to enhance the reading culture among pupils in Pentecost Schools.
The Library Project also seeks to provide information to the academic community to support research and instructional programmes.
The project commenced in 2022 and targets reaching 50 Pentecost Schools with improved libraries to foster quality teaching and learning.
PENTSOS has so far established six libraries in selected Pentecost Schools and hopes to replicate the initiative in about 13 schools before the end of 2023 with its partners.
The Library Project aims to improve the reading culture of at least 2,500 pupils in Pentecost Schools in Ghana.
The estimated cost of the library project is GHS 70,000.00, covering the setup and value of books. The PPS-Akim Kwabeng library was commissioned on July 24, 2023, by the Suhum Area Head of The Church of Pentecost, Apostle Patrick Aseyoro.
Speaking on transforming societies through reading good books, Apostle Aseyoro admonished the pupils to recognize that they are the light of this world.
Apostle Samuel Gakpetor, the Agormanya Area of the Church, speaking at the commissioning program on July 25, 2023, at PPS-Agormanya and PPS-Akosombo, advised the pupils to cultivate the habit of reading because it helps to improve one’s knowledge, creativity, and vocabulary.
“When we empty our pockets into our minds, our developed minds will fill back our pockets,” he said.
At the commissioning ceremony, the PENTSOS Director, Elder Richard Amaning, encouraged the pupils to take reading seriously to become better individuals, stressing that reading helps to improve one’s vocabulary.
Speaking at the ceremony, Rev. Philip Tutu, the Executive Director of ICM-Ghana, encouraged the students and schools to make good use of the libraries and mainstream library sessions into the full academic calendar of the school.
He further expressed ICM-Ghana’s commitment to partnering with PENTSOS to reach the last mile of Pentecost Schools without libraries.
In a related development, a new ICT laboratory, school bus, and a Sick bay were also commissioned at PPS-Akosombo. The newly commissioned library in PPS-Akosombo has been named after the outgoing General Secretary of the Church, Apostle Alexander Nana Yaw Kumi-Larbi.