A non-governmental organisation (NGO), Abiola Bawuah Foundation (ABF), on Wednesday took delivery of some essential items provided by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) to help accelerate the education of girls in some rural communities in the country.
The deed is geared towards helping young girls achieve their optimum best through the provision of similar magnitude of resources enjoyed by their colleagues from well-endowed backgrounds in other parts of Ghana.
This is in line with the organisation’s ongoing mission, The 100 Girl’s Support Project, which is aimed at soliciting educational assistance for deprived, disadvantaged and marginalised girls.
(L-R) Angella Fleischer, Sheun Jooda, Geraldine Osafo, Nketchi Dennise receiving items from UNFPA Country Rep. Niyi Ojuolape (right)
Speaking to Myjoyonline.com after presenting the items, Country Representative of the UNFPA Niyi Ojuolape explained that the zeal to “help the adolescent girl” was at the core of his outfit’s decision to throw its weight behind the initiative.
“We want to make sure the adolescent girl remains in school and that they have everything they need to continue their education so that they can fulfill potentials and contribute to national development in the future,” Mr Ojulape said after the presentation at the premises of UNFPA in Accra.
Some of the items received by the foundation include 3,000 exercise books, 600 pieces of school uniforms, 300 torchlights, 500 school bags, 400 pieces of stationary such as mathematical sets among others.
UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 4.2 envisions that by 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education.
Highlighting the importance of the initiative on the girls in the to-be beneficiary communities, Project Officer of the Abiola Bawuah Foundation, Geraldine Osafo Ntiri said the gesture will boost the vision sought to be achieved through their activities. She also explained the rationale behind the commitment to improve the fortunes of the girls.
According to her, “this was inspired by the touching life story of the co-founder Abiola Bawuah. She did not get a lot of support coming up, so this inspired her to do more to help girls become who they want to be.”
Also present at the presentation were Angella Fleischer, the adminstrator for ABF, Nketchi Dennise and Sheun Jooda, both Trustees of the foundation.
Mrs Jooda charged more individuals and organisations to take up the role of helping to alleviate the growing rate of poverty among girls in hard-to-reach areas adding that “we need to help children to be focused. Once they are focused from the very beginning, they are able to understand what education is all about.”
Mrs Dennise also expressed her belief that “by the time we are able to provide these things, we will encourage girls to go back to the classrooms and actually have an opportunity to be educated.”
About Abiola Bawuah Foundation
Abiola Bawuah Foundation is a non-governmental organisation committed to supporting intelligent but needy girls by helping them through education and vocational skills. It has the long-term vision of providing full education to Ghanaian youth from Pre-school to the university. It was founded by Abiola Bawuah.