Rural Education for Empowerment Programme (REEP), a non-governmental organisation, has donated 15 bicycles to 15 pupils in the Kumbungu District to facilitate their commuting to school.
The beneficiaries are from 10 communities, including Dalun, Nawuni, and Dalun-Kukuo, Kanfiehiyili.
It brings to 62 the number of pupils, who have received bicycles from REEP since 2012 to enable them to arrive in school on time.
Mr Abukari Abdul-Fatawu, Director of REEP, who presented the bicycles to the pupils at Dalun, said the donation formed part of a supplementary project being undertaken by REEP with support from Kavli Trust, a Norwegian company, to reduce the challenges in education in rural areas.
Mr Abdul-Fatawu, explained that the beneficiaries were selected after being observed over time as they normally trek long distances to school, adding that they always arrived in school very late.
He said the pupils also undertook household chores, which made them to report late to school.
Ms Andani Sumaya, a beneficiary from the Kumbungu D/A Junior High School, who spoke on behalf of the others, described the gifts as a great relief to them, saying it would help in enhancing their performance in school.