As effort to bridge the gap between rural, urban education, Childlift Aid Foundation (CAF), an NGO committed to humanitarian activities has built a school worth over GHC 20,000 to enhance primary education at Samankwaa Village at the Akim Manso Akroso District in the Eastern Region.
The Read Loud School is an educational intervention that strives to provide enabling environment for children in their early stages of education, adding that, It is very important to make basic education accessible to pupils from hard-to-reach areas.
In an interview yesterday with the Founder of CAF, Mr Steward Osei Bawuah noted that, it is only through education that children could be empowered economically, socially, politically and culturally in their communities to reduce poverty.
Therefore, he said, the primary goal of the project is to build nursery schools in displaced rural communities where children between the ages of Two years to Six years who walk miles to access school facilities.
“This intervention seeks to improve literacy in the rural communities through quality childhood education,” he said.
According to him, with the unfortunate experienced he had during his primary education where he had to walk extra miles to go to school, he does not want children to go through same pain.
Mr Osei stressed that, the situation propelled most children to drop out of school.
In the next five years, he said, he envision the project would benefit over 2, 000 children in the rural community.
“My ultimate goal is to promote quality Early Childhood Development or education, the crucial but the forgotten stage of human development across the country,” he disclosed.
According to the Founder, he pointed out that, CAF believes the quality of adulthood is built on quality early Childhood Development.
Therefore, they would do their best to compliment government effort to promote quality education.
Social Intervention Programmes
Touching on some of the social intervention of the Organisation, the Founder explained they have Child Sponsorship which provides scholarship or sponsorship programmes for needy children who are financially challenged and their parents cannot pay their fees.
Also, Mr Osei mentioned that, there is Child Health Programmes which provides access to quality healthcare among children and their families in remote Ghana through the involvement of medical experts working under the auspices of Health Professionals in the Gap Volunteering Programme.
“There is Child Emergency Relief Fund (CER) Fund which is an emergency healthcare intervention for needy children with acute health conditions which demand surgery including hole in the heart,” he indicated.
According the Founder, the school which is still under construction has started enrolling pupils, but needs funds towards the acquisition of playground equipment for the Read Aloud School at Samankwaa Village among other materials to enhance teaching and learning.
About the Foundation
Childlift Aid Foundation(CAF) is rural Child development non-profit organization which focuses on protecting the rights of children in Ghana through partnership with stakeholders.
Editor: Miss Emmanuella Oduro Appiah