17.06.2006 Business & Finance

Assembly Launches 400 Million-Cedi Sponsorship Packages

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The Ejura-Sekyedumase District Assembly last Wednesday launched a 400 million-cedi educational sponsorship package to promote quality education at all levels in the district this year.

The package will cater for the financial and other educational needs for prospective teacher and nursing trainees, Untrained Teacher Training Diploma in Basic Schools (UTTDBE) students, tertiary students, brilliant but needy Senior Secondary School students as well as first cycle pupils and the physically challenged.

Launching the programme at Ejura, Dr Joshua Ayarkwah, the District Chief Executive, said the package would support about 69 Tertiary students, 40 Teacher and Nursing trainees, 200 UTTDBE students and a number of needy SSS and physically challenged students.

He said, notwithstanding the launching of the package by the assembly, their doors are still opened for more donations from institutions and individuals to make the package more attractive and sustainable.

Dr Ayarkwah disclosed that the assembly last year spent 90 million cedis on educational sponsorship programme, which was important to the people, hence the increase of the package to 400 million cedis this year.

He indicated that the assembly, in collaboration with Self-Help International, an NGO, has selected 17 schools in the district for a special feeding programme initiated by the assembly.

Nana Kwaku Sarfo Kantanka Ababio, Ejurahene, was happy that the government has kept to his promise by bringing more development projects to the area and hoped it would continue to support human resource development in the district. He charged the teachers to be more committed to their work and refrain from negative tendencies that would tarnish the image of the profession.

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