While public elementary school has been free to Ghanaian children since 1995, there are still many ancillary costs associated with receiving an education in the West African country. The costs—which include food, textbooks, uniforms, and even extra classes—often force some children to have to sit out the school year. This doesn't even begin to address costs associated with private education, which more families are opting for. To help aid in the need for free education, Ghanaian-born comedian Michael Blackson took to social media to announce the opening of his newly built school in his village of Agona Nsaba.
The Coming to America 2 actor says that the Michael Blackson Academy was two-years in the making. He thanked his fans for supporting him over the years and attending his comedy shows, as he credits the purchase of the tickets to helping the children in his hometown.
"I've finally accomplished what I always wanted to do in my life. We're giving back to these children, a chance to become great," Blackson said. "Greatness starts with education, and a foundational education should not come with financial barriers. The kids in my village will get free education, free uniforms, and free everything. The only thing they have to pay for is to pay attention to their teachers."
The official ribbon cutting happened yesterday and was complete with drumming, food, dancing, and a speech from Blackson. It is said that the school will help thousands of young Ghanaian students and provide them with a quality education over the course of time. There is no word on when classes will officially begin, but the three-story schoolhouse is absolutely stunning. Each classroom will hold no more than 12 students, and there is LED lighting throughout the complex.
The announcement comes as many Diasporans are currently in the country for Vic Mensa and Chance the Rapper's Black Star Line Fest, as well as for Afrochella, that took place last week. The Ghanaian-born entertainer posted moments from his most recent visit, sharing news that fellow comedian Dave Chappelle was also on the ground.