The books were distributed on separate dates, and through the regional representatives – Lamine; Baci, and Ruky, for the Upper East, Upper West, and Northern Region, respectively, of the 2014 Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) beauty pageant organised by TV3.
Each region received 10,000 exercise books to be distributed to its poor and needy pupils selected from various traditional areas and districts across the regions.
In Upper East, schools were selected from the Bolgatanga District Assembly, Kasena-Nakena West District, Navrongo traditional area, Builsa North District, Garu-Tempane District.
Some of the beneficiary schools included SDA School, Aniganzanga School, Kalbeo-Tindonsobligo Basic School, Baptist Basic School, Afoko School, Sandema Preparatory School, Ayieta basic School, St John Integrated SHS, St John Bosco JHS, OLL JHS, Gani JHS and St Theresa JHS.
In the Upper West, beneficiary schools included: Egala JHS, United Basic School, Fongo LA JHS, WA Model School, TI Ahmadiya Muslim Primary School, Agdam International School, Kabanye Islamic School, St Paul’s Methodist School, Wa School for the Deaf, and Wa Secondary Technical School.
The schools were selected from the Wa district, Tumu district, Jirapa and Nadowli districts.
In the Northern Region, the selected schools included: Methodist School, EA School, Girls Model School, EP School, Kaladan SDA, Central Zaharia, Ngani M/A School, Presbyterian School, Tusani M/A School and Zume EP School; and selected from the Kpandai, Central Gonja, Nanumba North, Tatale, Zabzuga, Saboba, Kariga, Gushegu, Bole, Damongo and Yendi districts.
In an interview, the Bole District Director of Education in the Northern Region, Ms. Leocadia Zakpala, said the Northern Region had been the poorest region in terms of education, emphasising that the initiative taken by Samara Group of Companies to help the school children was very laudable.
She decried that one of the reasons for the poor performance of the children was lack of basic learning materials for the pupils to support their basic education, which served as the main foundation for their entire education in their lifetime.
Ms. Zakpala called on corporate institutions to come on board and help salvage the situation.
The Marketing Manager of Samara Group of Companies, Mr. Sedrick Nartey Ologo, underscored the need for the school children to be assisted with basic education materials to enhance their studies, hence, the move to put up a nationwide books distribution exercise.
He said the distribution formed part of the company’s corporate social responsibility to help members of the society in terms of education, health and human security.