WFP Awards Scholarships To 14 Girls

WFP 2The World Food Programme (WFP) has supported the education of 14 brilliant but needy Junior High School female pupils in the Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions, under its scholarship scheme instituted 12 years ago.
Each of the beneficiaries received a certificate, a hamper, school bag and GH¢800, to enable them to complete their education.
So far, 320 girls have benefitted from the scheme since its inception.
The WFP, in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service, initiated the programme to encourage more young girls in the north, to attain higher education.
Additionally the WFP, under its food assistance programme, had help increased school enrolment, particularly among girls, in the three northern regions.
At a ceremony in Tamale last Friday, the Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Abdul-Rahman Hanan Gundadow, commended the WFP for supporting education in the three northern regions, towards poverty reduction.
He advised parents to invest in the education of their children, especially the girls, and bemoaned the high number of pregnant pupils who took part in this year’s Basic Education Certificate Examination.
He pledged the assembly’s commitment to a campaign against indiscipline in schools, stressing “focus would be on teenage pregnancy, which is affecting girl-child development”.
Mr. Gundadow appealed to pupils to study hard in order to pass their examinations to be able to advance to the tertiary level.
The Country Director of WFP, Ms. Pippa Bradford, said “the WFP is committed to the development of education because it is surest way to achieve food security”.
She said that the WFP would continue to adopt effective strategies to help the less privileged overcome barriers militating against their efforts at achieving the dreams.
Mr. Paul Apanga, Northern Regional Director of GES, commended the WFP for its contribution to the country’s education.  From Yakubu Abdul-Majeed, Tamale. 

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