By Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Dagomba (Ash), June 30, GNA – Teachers at the Dagomba basic school in
the Sekyere Afram Plains District, have pleaded for its inclusion in the
schools’ feeding programme to bring some relief to the pupils, many of them are
from poor homes.
They spoke of high level of poverty among parents in the area – a situation that had often forced significant proportion of the children to attend school on empty stomach.
Making the appeal through the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of the official launch of a project to promote girl-child education in the district, ranked among the least endowed, Mr. Kwabena Adjei Addo, a teacher, said “one free hot meal a day could make a huge difference in the lives of the children”.
He said there could be no doubt that this would increase both enrolment and retention.
He complained about the lack of basic social amenities - power, water and health facilities, in the community and said these had combined to make life stressful for the people.
Mr. Addo said the sick would have to walk long distances to Drobonso, the district capital, to seek medical treatment.
“The result is that many severely ill people tend to resort to the use of local herbs”, something he said, gave cause to worry.
He therefore called for the government to act quickly to provide them with their fair share of development by building for them a health centre to serve not only the people of Dagomba but nearby communities including Wenamda and Mamprusi, which between them have a population in excess of 2,000.
Mr. Addo said safe drinking water, electricity supply and security were the other felt needs “we want tackled”.
An NGO, EPF Education Empowerment Initiative, is spearheading a project to promote girl-child education in the district, under which, it has been supplying free sanitary towels to adolescent school girls, providing them with guidance and counselling and assisting them with some of their basic needs.