The Member of Parliament (MP) for Upper Denkyira West Hon Daniel Ohene Darko has entreated churches to establish schools to help educate the masses.
The freshman legislator observed the impact of the church on shaping society but quickly underscored the need for church leaders to build schools and attach to their ministries especially in the rural areas to educate the people.
According to him, education is a critical tool that can be used to develop communities, however, the worrying situation was that the church often forget to invest in schools as a way of giving back to the communities.
“There are churches all over the country. Even in a community of 3 persons, you’ll see a church. There are some 9 communities here with few people but you’ll find a church in all these villages without schools,” the MP stated.
Mr Darko raised this concern over the weekend when he joined members of the Church of Pentecost in Ayanfuri in the Central Region to worship with them.
“So I am appealing to the leaders of this church to prioritise education. The Church of Pentecost has nice church buildings in these villages I am talking about but there are no schools in these villages.”
He continued, “There is the Pentecost University which belongs to this church, but what we should know is that if we fail to invest in basic education at our level, how do these children here get access to the university the church has built?”
To him, the Government is doing its best by investing in education infrastructure and needs the support of the church and other institutions to help accelerate literacy in the country.
He also indicated that some schools in rural areas lack furniture and other teaching and learning materials which inhibits education and urged that then church can support schools to deal with such shortfalls.