Winneba, C/R), Aug. 25, GNA – Neenyi Ghartey VII, the Omanhene of
Efutu, has lauded Plan International Ghana, a child-centred non-governmental
organisation (NGOs), for implementing educational scholarship schemes as a key
to long-term empowerment for young people.
He said from time immemorial, people have been
in need, not through any fault of theirs, and for an NGO like Plan
International Ghana to take up the responsibility of sponsoring brilliant but
needy students are worth commending.
Neenyi Ghartey VII gave the commendation in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency in Winneba on the sideline of the launch
of the Plan International Ghana/Prudential Life Insurance five-year scholarship
scheme for senior high schools.
The $541,080 scholarship project, which is
being implemented by Plan International Ghana with funding from the Prudential
Life Insurance aims at providing support to 555 brilliant but needy young girls
and boys in the Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern, Greater Accra, Volta
and Western Regions.
The project seeks to safe guard the future of
the beneficiaries and to give them an opportunity to pursue their ambitions and
aspirations in life.
The Omanhene explained that government alone
cannot meet the needs of the educational sector; and it is high time corporate
entities support educational funding and scholarship.
He also expressed gratitude to the Prudential
Life Insurance for partnering Plan International Ghana in implementing the
Neenyi Ghartey said the scholarship scheme
would go a long way to reduce the incidence of students dropping out of school
as a result of financial difficulties of parents and guardians.
He advised the beneficiaries to take advantage
of the scholarship scheme and learn very hard for their own good.
He also appealed to Plan International Ghana
to extend the scholarship package to the three private senior high schools in
the Efutu Municipality.