The St. Nicholas Preparatory School project, located along the Tema Coast, is the by-product of the Maria Tsakos Foundation under the catch phrase: “Every Child has a right to education.”
It was supported by the Greek community and business entities in Ghana including Tsakos Group, Atlas Copco Ghana and Theofilos Pizanias, the Honorary Consul of Greece and representative of Aegean Bunkering.
The project, supported by a number of individuals and the community of seafarers in Ghana and around the world, would be followed by another $100,000 phase, which would include the provision of a senior high school and ultimately a vocational college in the next two to ten years to see the progression of the 27 pioneer pupils to the apex of their educational pursuit.
The Tsakos Group on behalf of the Maria Tsakos Foundation made a donation of GH₵2,000 to the Tema Traditional Council Educational Endowment Fund to support brilliant but needy students.
Nii Adjei Kraku lauded the project, saying the socio-economic status of the expansive fishing community was a matter of grave concern to the traditional authorities, since “the people living in the community deserve (something) better.”
Captain Alkiviadis Kappas, whose efforts also facilitated the building of the two-story school building, said the project will help less fortunate children reach their potential.
In 2006, the Tsakos Group decided to build an Orthodox Church in Tema New Town, which was completed in 2008 and consecrated with the name St. Nicholas, after the Patron Saint of the Sea.
Major donations for the project came from seafarers around the world and from the community.
There was unanimity by those who attended the Church inauguration that it would be a good idea to build a school for people in the community to cater to children between the ages of 4 and 6, after seeing first hand the deprived conditions and problems in the area.