Date: April 26, 2011, 10:39 am


NEEDY GIRLS RECEIVE EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT


The Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) has presented school uniforms, textbooks, exercise books, mathematical sets, pens, pencils and mini bags of maize to over 400 brilliant but needy students in basic schools in the Bongo District in the Upper East Region.

Each student was given a school uniform, a pair of sandals, 10 exercise books, three text books, 10 pens, 10 pencils, a mathematical set and bag of maize.

According to Mr. Jonathan Adabre, Regional Coordinator of the ISODEC office in Bolgatanga, the programme, "Ambassador Girls Scholarship Programme" organized yearly for the past seven years, seeks to improve the retention of girls who have lost their parents or whose parents were generally very poor in schools and ensure their transition into Junior High School and even to the University level.  About 21 girls in the region, he added, have been supported from primary level to the university and training college level. 

Seeing the success stories in the lives of these girls, the programme, implemented in the Bawku Municipality, Garu, and Bongo Districts in the Upper East Region and the West Mamprusi District in the Northern Region, has decided to add some boys who have equally lost their parents or whose parents are poor and have their education in jeopardy. 

This is a programme which is undertaken in conjunction with the District Assemblies and other stakeholders and supported by the USAID thr
ough World Education Initiative (WEI).  This month’s programme was held with the Bongo District Assembly which has praised ISODEC for this laudable work in the lives of “forgotten children.”

Presenting the materials to children, the District Chief Executive for Bongo, Mr. Clement Akugre, said unlike other non-governmental organizations that seek funding to support development work and eventually divert the funds for individual use, ISODEC has demonstrated that it is different by continuously providing education materials and food to brilliant and needy students.   He also stressed upon the importance of giving equal opportunities to the girl child since there was evidence that girls who were given enough support in education contributed more to the development of the entire family’s development than the boys did. 

He appealed to parents to give equal opportunities to the girls' education instead of focusing on boys and said there was evidence that girls who were given enough support in education supported their family development more than boys did.

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