129 girls benefits from WFP scholarship scheme
Mr. Ismail Omer, Country Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), has presented educational sponsorship packages to 129 school girls from deprived communities in the three Northern regions to ensure that brilliant but needy girls get access to quality education in the country.
He said the programme is being implemented in collaboration with the Ghana Education Service to promote girl enrolment, attendance and retention in areas with high gender disparity.
Mr. Omer, speaking at the presentation ceremony in Yendi, noted that each of the beneficiaries will receive a cheque ranging between Gh¢600 and GH¢400.
He also presented educational materials and hampers to the best six students who excelled in the 2010 Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE), by scoring between aggregate six and 15.
According to Mr. Omer, the successes of the programme over the years had made the WFP to extend the scholarship scheme to cover 30,000 girls, some of whom are in the Volta and Brong Ahafo regions.
He, therefore, entreated all the stakeholders to step up efforts to ensure the success of the programme, adding that the WFP, is fully committed to assisting the government to achieve quality education in the country.
Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba, the Northern Regional Minister, on his part, congratulated the award winners for the hard work and urged them to forge ahead in the quest for knowledge, improve themselves and their communities and the nation as well.