By Comfort Sena Fetrie, GNA
(N/R), Sept. 17, GNA – The Regional Advisory Information and Network Systems
(RAINS) in partnership with Hope for Children, both non-governmental
organisations have presented 152 bicycles to Nanton-Kurugu Community to improve
the quality education.
The bicycles worth
GH₵54,983.00 were presented to the Bike Bank in the Nanton-Kurugu communities
in Savelugu-Nanton Municipality in the Northern Region.
Thomas Cook, UK-based
organisation funded RAINS/Hope for Children to procure the bicycles, with the
aim of assisting children who trek long distances to reach school very early to
improve their academic work.
It is also to help
improve attendance and to reduce rates of school drop out in the communities.
Mr Tijani Hardi,
the Executive Director of RAINS speaking at the handing over ceremony said some
school children trek for about 50 to 90 minutes before getting to school, which
was not helping in their academic performance.
He said the
presentation of the bicycles would therefore reduce the distance to school for
children in ‘hard to reach’ schools.
He thanked the
parents of the beneficiary school children for agreeing to pay minimal charges
each term ranging from 0.5 pesewas to GH₵1.00 to maintain the bicycles.
Maupoint, the Executive Director of Hope for Children urged traditional
authorities, parents and teachers to take the responsibility to ensure that the
bicycles are used only for the purposes of schooling and not farming.
Mr Goshiman Mahadu,
Traditional Leader of Nanton-Kurugu Community who received the bicycles on
behalf of the chief expressed gratitude to the two NGOs for the presentation.
established in 1993 to promote the rights of marginalised people and particularly
women and children living in deprived communities while Hope for Children Ghana
aims to combat exploitative child labour to help children stay in school by
giving them a chance for a better future.