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05.11.2004 Regional News

NGO supports basic schools in Nadowli District

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Goli (UWR), Nov. 5, GNA - Sustainable Integrated Development Services Centre (SIDSEC), a Wa based non-governmental organisation in collaboration with Canada Feed The Children (CFTC) programme have embarked on an exercise to raise the standard of education in the Nadowli District.

For a start, the two organisations have rehabilitated several primary and junior secondary schools and constructed some new schools at Nator, Takpo and Goli all in the Nadowli District, while provision had also been made to furnish all the schools and provide the relevant books for learning.

Mr. Boye Bandie, Executive Secretary of SIDSEC announced this on Wednesday when he jointly inaugurated one of the newly constructed 180 million cedi block of classrooms at Goli in the Nadowli District.

He said apart from the classrooms, SIDSEC would also organise training workshops to upgrade the skills of teachers in the district to put up their best for the good performance of the school children in the area.

The Executive Secretary warned parents against the withdrawal of their children from school for marriages and child labour as that could impede the progress of the children.

Mr. Bandie gave the assurance that SIDSEC would soon introduce a supplementary feeding programme to retain the children in school and also institute an award scheme that would stimulate competition among the students in the district.

He said SIDSEC would also introduce a micro-credit loan scheme for parents to enable them to take good care of their children at school and advised parents to invest in their children so that they could become self-reliant in future.

Mr. Damanko James Dassah, President of the Goli Youth and Development Association commended SIDSEC and their Canadian partners for the projects as the school block had increased their enrolment from 60 to 100 students in the junior secondary school.

He appealed to the Nadowli District Assembly and other development partners in the region to consider motivating teachers with bicycles, decent accommodation and other items that could retain them in the rural areas to teach.

Mr. Jim Dahl and Madam Cathy Johnson, officials from the Canada Feed The Children project commended SIDSEC for implementing all proposed projects on schedule.

They, however, appealed to parents to send their children to school to justify the huge investment in the projects. 05 Nov. 04

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