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23.12.2006 Education

Help Comes For 8 Needy Students

By newtime - Castro Zangina Tong, Koforidua
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A Nigerian Professor at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, in the United States, has offered a three-year scholarship to eight Senior Secondary School students in the country.

The beneficiaries, six girls and two boys, are from the New Juaben Municipality and Greater Accra Region.

Ghana is the first of four West African countries to benefit from educational package being offered by Professor Pade Badru, Executive Director of Education Project for African Children (EPAC).
The countries are Burkina Faso, the Gambia and Nigeria.
During presentation of the scholarships here, yesterday, he said that the goal of the organisation was to make sure that girls got education to the senior secondary level.
EPAC is an international non-governmental organisation based in the USA, but registered in Ghana.
Prof. Badru said 70 Ghanaian students would benefit from the programme, enjoying full scholarship for three years.

Prof. Badru who is also Co-Director of the Centre for Educational and Social Policy Research of the University of Louisville explained that he was from a poor background in Nigeria but in recognition of his hard work, the British Council offered him a scholarship to study at the Oxford University and later, London School of Economics.

'But for the scholarship I got, my education would have suffered a setback. It is therefore, my duty to also help other children to enjoy what I enjoyed,' he said.

Prof. Badru said that he first came to Ghana in 1986 on a duty tour and had since made Ghana his second home because of the prevailing peace in the country.
He advised students to be obedient and respectful of their parents, teachers and the elderly.

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