In 2018 – 19, Fresti, a community in Ahanta West had its name in the Municipal annual action plan. The Assembly embarked on the construction of a 2-unit classroom block (Nursery Block). Although the community saw the initiative from the Assembly as a blessing because their wards commuted to nearby communities such as Hotopo, Aboadi, and Anyinase to school. However, the project lacked basic facilities which will enhance the operation of the school such as washroom for the staff and the school children, water and playgrounds.
UCSOND, an implementing partner in consultation with the municipal assembly selected the above-mentioned project for monitoring. During our engagement with the assembly, it was mentioned that the project contract captured only the two classroom blocks. For transparency and accountability reasons, the copy of the building plan which was shared with the project officer, Mr. Ransford Eric Nyamson at the assembly was shared with the community members to provide clarity and avoid doubts.
During the initial engagements with the community members, i.e. community entry session, scorecard development and training of community monitors citizens were sensitized that, standard public building must include some basic facilities such as ramp, washrooms enough ventilation and exit points, etc.
It is from this background that the community members picked the assembly on to demand for quality and accessible service delivery. During the community level interface meeting at Fretsi, 19th February, 2019, community members listed a number of “missing facilities” they have noted on the project and presented to the assembly officials. At the district level interface meeting, 19th March, 2019, community members reiterated their concern to the assembly officials who were present. The Deputy Coordinating Director promised to present their concern to the management of the assembly and suggest a budget line for including those “missing facilities”.
True to their words, during the second round of the Town Hall Meeting, 9th June, 2019, it was mentioned that the advocacy campaign led by UCSOND to demand for the “missing facilities” has been considered and that those facilities will be installed before the project is handed over to the community.
During our monthly site visits, it was noted that the washroom, borehole and water reservoir and playgrounds have been installed for the school and now staff and school children can have the luxury of school life.