Entertainment of Friday, 3 July 2015
Abigail Baciara Bentie, aka BACI, winner of the TV3 realty show dubbed Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB) 2014, spent more than five hours last Tuesday at Omega Schools in Galilea, Kasoa, near Accra.
The beauty queen was at the school as part of her campaign for girl child education and improving reading and writing skills among pupils under the Malal-lol Ghana Foundation project.
The Malal-lol Ghana Foundation was set up last year to help provide underprivileged pupils with school materials, reading helps and a platform for the beauty queen to interact with pupils on life orientation programmes.
The visit was also an opportunity for her to introduce volunteer graduate teachers who will teach various subjects as well as motivate pupils to take their basic school education seriously.
The beauty queen also distributed branded exercise books, pens, pencils and other educational materials to each pupil in the school.
Jennifer Apedo, a 12-year-old JHS 1 pupil who spoke to NEWS-ONE, said she got a lot of inspiration from her interaction with the beauty queen and was hopeful she would stay in school to achieve her dream of becoming a renowned nurse to help save lives.
The Director for School Registration, Compliance and Inspection, Mrs Erica Akweley Lawson, told NEWS-ONE that the visit of the beauty queen would continue to be fresh on the minds of management, staff and pupils.
The director explained that the visit served as a platform for the underprivileged pupils to interact and have fun with a celebrity like BACI.
Mrs Erica Akweley Lawson also disclosed that there are 38 Omega schools in Ghana and two in Sierra Leone.
She averred that the focus of the schools is to make basic education affordable to parents, adding that this explains why parents pay a daily school fee of GH¢3 to cover all the services needed to provide quality education for the children.
The leader of the volunteers, Adam Bora-atu Mandeya, said they shared in the objectives of BACI’s Basic Education Development project and saw it as an opportunity to give back to society the knowledge they have acquired.
She was hopeful that the moments they shared with the pupils would help motivate them to take their studies seriously, though they might be children from poor homes