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13.10.2005 Regional News

Forty schools receive 88 million cedis grant from a local NGO

By GNA
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Kokoado (Ash), Oct.13, GNA - A local Non-Governmental-Organisation (NGO) operating in the Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District, Link Community Development, has provided 88 million cedis to 40 primary schools in the district to improve teaching and learning on pilot basis. Each school was presented with a cheque for 2.2 million cedis. Dr Kennedy Quaigrain, Ghana Programme Director of the Organization presenting cheques to the schools at Kokoado on Wednesday, said it assisted 71 schools in the Upper East Region with similar grants last July.

He said the NGO was currently working in the Bolgatanga Municipality, Talensi-Nabdam and Kassena Nankana districts in the Upper East Region and Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma district of Ashanti. Dr Quaigrain said the schools and districts where it operated were selected in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service (GES). Mrs Dora Doris Amaniampong, Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District Director of Education said the Directorate would ensure the grants were used judiciously for the purpose outlined in the school's action plan. "It is hoped that the schools will make judicious use of the grants through transparency, accountability and sound financial management to ensure their sustainability," she added. Mrs Amaniampong commended the NGO for its support and was optimistic that the schools would become model schools in the district where teachers were motivated, committed, conscientious, time conscious and make the pupils the centre of their work. This, the Director said would make teaching and learning a delight for the pupils and result in improved learning and better education, the desire of stakeholders in education.

Mr Bright Addai-Mununkum, Bosomtwe-Atwima-Kwanwoma District Chief Executive in an address read on his behalf commended the Organization for its complementary role towards Government's efforts in education. He said the gesture was practical demonstration of the Government's clarion call to empower and develop the rural areas. Mr Addai-Mununkum called on School Management Committees (SMCs) and Parent-Teacher Associations (PTA) to cooperate and monitor resources made available to the schools to improve education in the district.

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