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28.02.2009 Education

NGO donates bicycles to school girls


The Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems (RAINS), a non-governmental organization based in Tamale in the Northern Region has donated 20 bicycles to the Yendi Ghana Education Service to be distributed to girls who walk long distances to their schools in the area.

Mr. Ziblim Nantogmah, Yendi Municipal Director of Education, who presented the bicycles to the beneficiary girls, advised them to put them to good use.

He expressed appreciation to RAINS and said it would go a long way to enhance girls education in the municipality.

Alhaji Shamrock Abdulai Mahama, Secretary to RAINS advised the parents to ensure that the bicycles are not collected from the girls for other activities.

He said RAINS was already assisting 100 girls in the district by providing them with school uniforms and sandals and urged the parents to send more of their girls to school.

Alhaji Mahama stated that RAINS is implementing a project in the Yendi Municipality to provide target schools with logistics to promote girls education.

He warned that any of the beneficiaries who dropout of school would have her bicycle collected and given to another girl.

In another development, the Committee for Advocacy for Female Education (CANFED) donated school uniforms, English, mathematics and science textbooks, exercise books, note three books, mathematical sets to 15 brilliant but needy girls of Yendi Senior High School.

They also presented cash of GH¢1,774.50 to the 15 needy students as their school fees.

Madam Bawa Zuwera, Yendi Municipal Ghana Education Service Girl Child Officer, who made the presentation on behalf of RAINS urged the girls to take their studies very serious in order not to dropout from school.

She called on the parents to encourage their girls to always report to school early whenever the school reopens as well as support them with their basic needs.

Madam Zuwera advised the girls not to accept gifts from people who are not their parents in order to avoid sexual harassment.

She announced that similar items and cash were also presented to the Dagbon State Senior High technical School.

Mr. Imorrow Sumani Issahaku, Headmaster of Yendi Senior High School, who received the items on behalf of the girls, said they were happy the package was extended to the 15 brilliant but needy students and expressed the hope that the gesture would encourage them in their studies.

He said CANFED intervention was very timely and appropriate and that it would promote girl-child education in the area.

Mr Issahaku challenged the beneficiary students to prove their worth in justifying the support.