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27.12.2006 Education

765 Girls In NR Benefit From US Scholarship

By Times Reporter
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MORE than ¢703 million has been spent on 765 basic school girls in the Northern Region, under the US Ambassador's Girls' Scholarship Programme.
The programme is meant to help improve girls' education in the Northern Region by assisting them financially and materially.
Sulemana Osman Saaka, Programmes Director of the School for Life (SfL), a Tamale non-governmental organization, said this on Saturday when he presented educational equipment and some food items to the third batch of 68 basic school girls who are under the scholarship.
Each of the 68 beneficiaries received textbooks, exercise books, footwear, mathematical sets, school bags and treated mosquito bed nets. Forty-four of them received a bag of rice each and the remaining 24 received a bicycle each.
Under the scholarship, 100 dollars will be spent on each of the beneficiary girls.
Mr. Saaka said the key to success in education was to expose children adequately, especially girls, to educational challenges ahead of them.
He said there was the need for parents and teachers to educate, inspire and direct children to aim at higher level institutions of learning to improve the standards of education in the country.
Prof. Abubakar Alhassan, chairman of the Ghana-Danish Communities Programme (GDCP), commended the US government for the initiative to help brilliant but needy girls to attend school.
He said GDCP's School for Life programme would continue to offer assistance to girls to improve the educational sector in the Northern Region.
Prof. Alhassan said about 70 per cent of girls in the Northern Region were still out of school and described the gesture as a drop in the ocean and called on other donor partners to help improve Ghana's educational sector.

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