Friday 17 August 2018

Building a Nation Through Youth Leadership

Golden Star is once again working with our host communities to provide practical experience for young people. Between 2010 and 2017, we have hosted 729 attachment students, 602 National Service personnel, 134 graduate trainees and 74 apprentices.

This year is no exception, with Golden Star hosting 122 National Service personnel from our host communities and beyond.

Inspired by Golden Star’s work and our commitment to sustainability, the National Service teams have carried out a number of their own volunteer programs as part of their contribution to corporate social responsibility (CSR). 

National Service personnel at Bogoso/Prestea

In February 2018, the National Service team began volunteering with projects that included free weekend tuition for basic school students preparing for their final exams in mathematics, information computer technology (ICT) and general science. In addition, career counselling in relation to educational programs was offered to the candidates to help them achieve their full potential.

National Service personnel at Bogoso/Prestea

The second phase of the National Service team’s CSR program included fund-raising and carrying out repairs and maintenance work to schools and a hospital. This work included:

• At Experimental Junior High School, Bogoso – plastering and painting a classroom block and replacing blackboards with white boards
• At St. Michael Catholic School, Bogoso – painting of the laboratory, carrying out a major electrical wiring upgrade, and providing an Epson projector and screen for use in ICT studies
• At Akyempim School A and B & Old Subri Junior High School, Wassa – providing books and stationary
• At the Government Hospital, Prestea – upgrading of old wooden theatre doors to sliding doors and painting of the out-patients department and dispensary

School children displaying their new stationary

A tutorial session for final year students

School children being taught about the importance of safety

In total, this year’s Golden Star National Service team raised almost 20,000 GHc (over US$4,000) for their CSR program, providing assistance to hundreds of children and local community members.

Golden Star is extremely proud of the National Service personnel and their efforts – not only in amassing such amazing financial support, but more importantly, for the leadership they have displayed through numerous hours of volunteer time and effort. Ayekoo!

After a job well done, the team members had this to say:

Eugene Addae, Golden Star’s National Service President at the Bogoso/Prestea operation
“Our core mandate on earth is to better the lives of our younger generation. CSR is a call to all; everybody can do little things which have a great impact. On behalf of the National Service personnel of Golden Star Bogoso/Prestea Ltd, we want to express our heartfelt gratitude to our general manager, the management team and the entire workforce for their tremendous support and advice throughout this project.”

Pricilla Boateng, St. Michael Catholic School
“We are very happy to receive the projector. Before it came we were finding it difficult to see and understand what our teacher was trying to teach us. With the projector, even if we have problems with our machines, we can see  our lesson on the screen. We thank the Golden Star National Service team.”

Juliet Rockson, Experimental Junior High School
“I thank you for filling the potholes in our classroom and painting my school. I am very happy about the whiteboards, as we no longer have to black the board every Friday which makes our uniforms very dirty. I thank the service people for doing this and we promise to study very hard to make them proud. God bless them.”

Janet Amankwah Yeboah, Headmistress – Experimental Junior High School

“We are very grateful to have been chosen for a CSR project. I was surprised when they brought the proposal of installing the white boards, filling the classroom potholes, and plastering and painting the building, which had never been painted. I didn’t know if it would actually be done but in less than two months, the entire project was completed! I thank the 2018 Golden Star National Service team so much for contributing to the community and I pray for higher heights for them. Bravo for a job well done!”

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