The Students Representative Council (SRC) of the Pentecost University College has supported Charity Z, a university-based non-governmental organisation working to assist needy pupils with educational materials.
Charity Z is made up of students from the University of Professional Studies, Accra, who aim to support the educational needs of deprived pupils by soliciting support from corporate organisations.
The items donated by the SRC include 250 pieces of exercise books, packets of pens, pencils, and forms part of the SRC’s social responsibility to the society.
It has also donated medical items worth GH¢2,500 to support the Pentecost University College’s clinic.
Handing over the items to the charity group on Friday in Accra, President of the SRC, Emmanuel Kofi Opoku, said the decision to support the NGO was in recognition of the importance of basic education.
“Some of our junior ones will never have the opportunity some of us have had to pursue higher education and so if we have the chance to support such a great idea, so that others also climb the educational ladder, we could not have said no,” Mr. Opoku said.
Any society which does not take education serious does not take its future serious and it was important citizens, including students with the means supported government’s efforts to give the people quality education.
The SRC, he said, ascribes to charity and with the support of the student body, charity was going to be a part of their projects for the year and beyond.
He called on other student unions to support what he called a good course initiated by their colleagues.
The President of Charity Z, Jonathan Machator, receiving the items said it would go a long way to assist the pupils who would rely on the books for their exercises in school.
He said the fourth pillar of the Sustainable Development Goals which hinges on education was their motivation, and believes that nobody should be left behind in the pursuit of education.
Although governments have been doing their best to ensure that Free Compulsory Universal Basic Education was attained, Mr. Machator said some of the pupils were dropping out because of the lack of basic materials like books, pens, pencils to keep them in class.
He called on other corporate organisations to support their course so as to give meaning to their initiative and pledged that the items would reach the target group.
By Julius Yao Petetsi