The Member of Parliament (MP) for Sissala East in the Upper West Region, Alijata Sulemana, has donated 1,090 pairs of Chinese canvas shoes to 21 schools in her constituency.
According to her, between 22 and 122 pairs of canvas shoes were presented to each school in the constituency, depending on the number of children found to be in need of footwear in a particular school.
Speaking to The Chronicle in an interview in Wa, Alijata Sulemana stated that she was inspired by the need to support the children, who had to walk long distances barefooted to school, a situation, she described, as worrying, and one which affected the academic performance of the pupils.
Alijata Sulemana said it was even more disheartening to see the pupils walking barefooted in the sun, especially during the harmattan season, which left their feet cracked and badly hurting, and also prevented some of them from attending school.
The MP, who is also the immediate past District Chief Executive for Sissala East, stated that the presentation of the items had brought smiles to the faces of the pupils, who saw the items as a great relief.
She pointed out that the donation was made possible through the support of the Bright Generation Foundation, a Kumasi-based non-governmental organisation.
Alijata Sulemana indicated that she further distributed a total of 200 solar torch lights to women groups in the area, while 50 pieces of the solar torch lights were presented to teachers in five communities in the area, namely Dimajaun, Wuru, Kwatun, Danu and Dasisan.
The MP believed that the gesture would go a long way to assist the teachers in the preparation of lesson notes.
Pix: Alijata Sulemana – MP for Sissala East