2007-08-09 17:39:04This article has been read 691 times.Volunteer ChildAid, an international NGO, presented items worth GHc1,000 (10 million cedis) to Matoriya Ahmadiyya Primary School at Fuo in the Tamale Metropolis.
The items to promote education within the community,consisted of a 1,000-gallon capacity polytank for water storage, educational materials, plastic buckets, cups and "T" shirts.
Ms Marlies Ruigewaard, a Dutch volunteer at the school who presented the items on behalf of the NGO donated the water tank and said it was her "widow’s mite" to ease the acute water problem facing the school.
She said because of the water problem, most of the pupils often left the classroom during classes to search for drinking water, thus disrupting teaching and learning.
Mr Graham Kwadwo Adjei, Northern Regional Manager of Volunteer ChildAid, said the NGO, established in 2005, had the enhancement of child enrolment in schools as one of its development objective.
He explained that this was to help eliminate child trafficking and poverty in most Ghanaian communities.
Mr Adjei said since its inception, the NGO had received more than 100 volunteers mainly from United Kingdom, United States, the Netherlands and Canada, to support the development efforts in the country.
Some of the activities engaged by the NGO are teaching, health care delivery, assistance to orphanages and school infrastructure development.
Mr Adjei told the gathering, including the chief and elders of Fuo, parents, educational authorities and pupils, that Volunteer ChildAid had completed some school projects for communities within the metropolis while similar projects were on-going.
The NGO, he said, was also running a feeding programme at Gbabshie Methodist Primary School through the support of a past volunteer, adding that plans were far advanced to extend the programme to other schools in the region.
Commending the volunteers for their services, Mr Adjei said, "I must admit that all these projects were made possible through the organisation and the hard work of the volunteers, some have gone great lengths to mobilise funds for these initiatives."
He implored the volunteers "to continue with your good work and bring smiles to the faces of more children."
Mr Awudu Tahiru, Northern Regional Manager of Ahmadiyya Education Unit, urged Ghanaians to be concerned with issues of children since "they are the future leaders of the country."
He acknowledged the contribution of the volunteers to the development of education, especially in the region.
Madam Alexandra Sopimeh, Tamale Metropolitan Director of Education, in an address delivered on her behalf, urged parents to take advantage of the government’s education interventions including the capitation grant and the school-feeding programme, to send their children to school.
Madam Sopimeh said by September, this year, the government would take on board all nursery schools into the mainstream of the country’s educational system in line with its education reform programme.
Mr Iddi Sulemana, Head teacher of the school, expressed gratitude to Volunteer ChildAid for the gesture and said the items, especially the water tank, would be put to good use.