Association to help reduce number of school dropouts at Agona Swedru
Mr Tanko Torye, Chairman of the Finance Committee of Public Helpers Association (PHA) has appealed to International Donor Agencies and corporate bodies to assist the association to reduce the high rate of school dropouts in the Zongo communities.
He said a lot of children in the Zongo communities; especially girls do not complete their education due to financial constraints facing their parents.
Speaking to the press after launching the association, Mr Torye said a scholarship scheme has initiated to help needy, but brilliant students, especially girls at Agona Swedru Yalewa Zongo.
Mr Torye said members’ contributions to support the scholarship scheme were not enough and is appealing to donors and corporate bodies to assist.
According to the Chairman, apart from sponsorship package instituted for less privileged students, meeting would be held at the various Zongo communities to educate Muslim parents on the need to educate their children.
Mr Torye expressed hope that chiefs, Imams, opinion leaders and stakeholders would support the Association to achieve its objectives.
The Chairman said education is the only panacea that can alleviate poverty, saying that, without education life would be miserable in adulthood.
Mr Torye appealed to Muslim women to invest in their children’s education, especially the girl child.