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30.03.2009 Education

Wey-gey-hey Child Rights Club launches educational fund

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The Wesley Girls High Schools' branch of the Child Rights Club on Saturday launched an educational fund to assist school children within the Kakumdo community, a suburb of Cape Coast to meet their educational needs.

Proceeds of the fund to be accrued from contributions from members would be used to purchase stationery, school uniforms and bags to motivate the children to stay in school.

The Assistant Headmistress of Wesley Girls High School, Madam Kate Annan-Wilberforce who launched the fund under the theme, “Helping the Child to be a Responsible Adult” charged parents in the area to send their children to school adding that, the Free, Compulsory Basic Education (FCUBE) instituted by government compels every parent to send their children of school going age to school.

“The law will deal with parents who shirk the responsibility of educating their wards,” she declared stressing that, the capitation grant alone was inadequate.

Madam Annan-Wilberforce told them that good education could facilitate their future success, so they should stop attending wake-keepings and other social functions and concentrate on their book.

She told the children to be disciplined both at home and in school, if they are to benefit from fund.

She congratulated members of the club for their initiative.

The Patron of the Club, Madam Faustina Stephens, entreated parents, traditional rulers and the Kakumdo community to support the fund to ensure its sustainability.

She said the club will support all needy children within the area, from Primary to Junior High School (JHS) level, and appealed to parents to nurture their children right from home.

The president of the club, Ms Fathia Karim urged the government, non-governmental organizations and other stake-holders with interest in education to contribute immensely towards the fund.

She said it was worrying that Wesley Girls High School is located within Kakumdo where the community is so poor that many of the children are not attending school and hoped the institution of the fund will help reverse the trend.


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