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11.01.2010 Education

NORPRA commends Government for its free School Uniform Project

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Bolgatanga, Jan 10, GNA - The Northern Patriots in Research and Advocacy (NORPRA), a Civil Society Organization working to promote social equality and justice, has commended the Government for the free uniforms and exercise books distributed to deprived schools in the country.

Mr Bismark Ayorogo Adongo, President of NORPRA, made the commendation on Saturday when the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bolgatanga, Mr Opam Brown, paid a working visit to parts of his constituency to know the state of development there.

The MP visited the Awogeya Primary and Junior High Schools where NORPRA is organizing holiday classes for the students.

Similar classes are being organized in the Bongo and Talensi-Nabdam Districts in the region.

Mr Adongo said they were very content about the equitable distribution of the free uniforms especially where the three northern regions had been allocated 590,000 uniforms representing about 39 per cent of the distribution.

He described the free uniform and exercise books project as pro-poor policy intervention to help alleviate the plight of the people particularly in the three Northern Regions and make the FCUBE and Millennium Development Goals real and achievable.

Mr Adongo explained that NORPRA owned it as a duty to bring improvement to humanity and so it organised holiday classes during every vacation to complement teachers' efforts in the education of the youth.

He said it was to contribute towards addressing the falling standards of education in the region and help minimize the spate of migration of school children to southern Ghana during vacations.

Mr Adongo said about six hundred students in the region from both the Primary and JHS were taking part in the classes and that NORPRA would continue to carry out the exercise on every vacation.

Mr Brown commended NORPRA for the exercise and urged them to continue with it to help address the falling standard of education.

He advised the students to take advantage of the classes and study hard to excel in their academic career to become responsible persons in future.

He said education was one of the strongest weapons that could be used to fight poverty, diseases and ignorance.

Mr Brown debunked the allegation that the disbursement of his common fund was based on favouritism and that he did not even know many of the students who benefited from the fund.

He explained the role of MPs to the students and pledged to assist them to acquire knowledge in Information and Communication Technology.


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