Plan International launches scholarship scheme for SHS

By Iddi
Yire, GNA

Winneba (C/R), Aug 25, GNA – Plan
International Ghana, in partnership with Prudential Life Insurance, has
launched a five-year scholarship scheme for senior high schools.

The541,080 dollar scholarship scheme, being
implemented by Plan International Ghana with funding from the Prudential Life
Insurance, aims at providing support to 555 brilliant but needy students 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 aspirations
in life.

Ms Fadimata Alainchar, the Country Director of
Plan International Ghana, said the scholarship scheme came to complement the
efforts of Plan International over the years adding that 60 per cent of the
beneficiaries would be girls.

She said the project intended to reduce the
incidence of students dropping out of school as a result of financial
difficulties of parents and guardians.

“We believe secondary education is a
stepping stone to access tertiary education and improve chances of employment
and livelihoods,” she said.

“To date 400 students; 240 girls and 160
boys; between the ages of 14 and 15 years have been awarded a three-year
scholarship package to complete their senior high education,” she added.

Ms Alainchar said poverty was one of the basic
reasons why many children in Ghana were unable to access secondary education.

She said many children who qualified for
senior high education were not able to enroll due to high cost and the
inability of parents/guardians and children to afford the education at that
level.

She said: “There is an even more worrying
trend and there is enough evidence to the fact that when parents have limited
resources for their children’s education and have to make a choice, it is
always the girl-child that is sacrificed in favour of the boy due to
socio-cultural practices that give preference to boys’ education over girls.”

Ms Alainchar said the partnership of Plan
International Ghana with Prudential Life Insurance was very important as it
promoted the private-public partnership concept and this should be encouraged.

“Many of such partnerships will help many more
children in our communities and country to attain greater heights.

“To ensure that such initiatives are
sustained, all agencies, organisations, traditional leaders and stakeholders
also need to collaborate with one another to ensure that all children are given
a chance in life and that girls are not left behind,” she said.

Mr Emmanuel Aryee, the Chief Executive Officer
of Prudential Life Insurance, said aside academic work, the project also aimed
at empowering the beneficiaries and increasing their confidence through
financial literacy mentoring programme through the expertise of their staff.

He said modules under the mentorship sessions
were income and budgeting, savings and investment, and banking and insurance.

Mr Joe Appiah, Business Development Manager of
Plan International Ghana, said over the past two decades the organisation had
supported education in the country at both the primary, junior and senior high
levels.

He said Plan International currently works in
over 600 communities in nine out of the 10 regions of Ghana in the education,
health, child protection and economic empowerment programmes to reach over one
million children.

Neenyi Ghartey VII, Omanhen of Efutu
Traditional Area, commended Plan International and Prudential Life Insurance
for coming to the aid of brilliant but needy students.

He said the scholarship package should be
extended to cover three private senior high schools in the Efutu Municipality.

Mrs Rose Abbiw, the Public Relations Officer
of the Efutu Municipal Education Office, said the project would go a long way
to bring smiles to the otherwise frustrated families and restore hope to many
senior high school students.

GNA

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