Fifty-Eight pupils selected from primary and Junior High Schools in the Efigya Sekyere District of Ashanti have received scholarship packages from the Yonso Project, a non-governmental- organisation (NGO) based in the United States.
The schools are Kyekyewere, Apaah, Yonso and Akrofonso Primary and Junior High Schools and for their packages the beneficiaries would be taken care of from primary to Senior High and would also be provided with a meal per day.
They also received school uniforms, exercise books, pens and a pair of shoes each.
This came up at a ceremony last Friday to award some 84 pupils who have been excelling during examinations. They were each given 10 exercise books, pens, pencils, mathematic set.
Four teachers and a community worker, also received cash prizes for their commitment to teaching and development programmes in the communities.
The Country Director of the Yonso Project, Mr Kwabena Danso indicated in an address that since the inception of the NGO two years ago, it had financed the education of 105 students and pupils of which 22 were females at a cost of about 22,000 dollars with 39 of them from Kumasi High, St Monicas, Osei Tutu and Adu Gyamfi Senior High Schools.
He said the project had introduced the “Teach for Rural Ghana Programme” which aimed at filling teaching vacancies in the rural communities saying that under the project, four students have been sponsored to the St. Monica’s and Mampong Technical Training Colleges after which they would be expected to teach in schools in rural communities.
He said the project was negotiating with the Forestry Commission for the establishment of an eco-tourism centre which would