A new fund to support the education of brilliant but needy students at the Logba Traditional Area in the Volta Region has been launched in Accra.
It was launched on the theme “Empowerment through education” by the Logba Development Association (LDA), in collaboration with the chiefs and people of the traditional area in the Afadzato South Constituency (ASC).
Speaking at the launch last Saturday, the Member of Parliament for ASC, Joseph Amenowode, lauded the traditional area for establishing the fund to help support education in the country.
He said it was commonplace that most children in the traditional area were brilliant but some were constrained financially to further their education.
Mr. Amenowode said for instance, only eight out of 30 students in one community, who passed the Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) last year, were able to afford Senior High School (SHS), while the rest stayed in the house for financial reasons.
He said though there were other scholarship schemes that cater for some of such students, there were still many who could not get to SHS because the scholarship was not able to cover the large numbers of brilliant children in the area.
“It is therefore imperative that we establish this fund to help address this concern and brighten the future of our children at Logba,” he said.
Mr. Amenowode, who contributed GHC 5,000 to the fund at the launch, was optimistic that the fund would help groom academicians, leaders, prominent people and hard working citizens for the country.
He, therefore, called on the chiefs and people of Logba, as well as corporate bodies and organisations, to contribute their quota to the fund to achieve the said objective.
The Chairman of the Akpana Education Fund Committee, Mr. Kosi Kedem said the Akpana, also known as Logba Traditional Area, has, over the years, produced distinguished personalities for the country but such feat has not been extended to the area of education.
According to him, the traditional area was lagging behind in relation to education despite its role in the socio-economic development of the country.
“Logba does not even have its own written language therefore its culture, traditions and customs were transmitted orally. This obviously does not augur well and therefore if it is not addressed quickly Logba could became extinct,” he said.
Mr. Kedem therefore said the establishment of the fund was a clarion call on all people of Logba to rise and defend their heritage.
By Charles Amankwa