CAMFED increases bursary support

School FeedingThe Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED),  a female development oriented non-governmental organization on Wednesday began its 7th National Annual General Meeting in Tamale in the Northern Region to deliberate on its previous year’s performances and strategize for the  coming years.

Mrs. Dolores Dickson, Executive Director of CAMFED-Ghana in her opening remarks indicated that the NGO has made a giant impact in the education of girls in the country over the past seven years.

She said the meeting was very imperative for the growth and development of the organization, since it would gave them the chance to explore the opportunities for speedy development.

The two-day AGM was being attended by various stakeholders of the NGO under the theme: “Monitoring and Measuring as means of improving educational outcomes: Every Stakeholder Counts”.

Mrs. Dickson said CAMFED has over the period increased its bursary support from 16,000 to over 32,000 in 800 schools and intends to liaise with the Ghana Education Service to improve the quality of teaching and learning, adding that, “This year, we have one of our outstanding students gaining admission into the medical school”.

She said a MasterCard Foundation Scholars Programme has been introduced to support academically talented but economically disadvantaged girls”.

The Executive Director said the NGO has deepened relationships and built new partnership with tertiary institutions to increase opportunities of higher education for girls.

Mr. Bede Ziedeng, Northern Regional Minister in a speech read on his behalf noted with gratitude the achievements chalked by CAMFED towards girls’ education and women empowerment in the region stressing that its contribution had contributed the education of girls in the region.

He assured the readiness of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council to work closely with the NGO and all development oriented organisations to achieve national aspirations.

Mrs. Matilda Bannerman-Mensah, Director of Northern Region Girls’ Education Unit of the GES observed that the successes that have been achieved in girls’ education have been through the cumulative efforts of many stakeholders and called for more collaboration in finding new solutions to the persistent challenges.

She said in today’s global world of competition, the female’s role has become very important than ever before and urged parents and girls to leave no stone unturned to achieve their dreams.

Source: GNA

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