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General News of Monday, 5 November 2001

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Isodec Supports 200 Needy Students

A NON-GOVERNMENTAL Organisation (NGO), The Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) with support from Ahafo Ano-North District Assembly (AANDA) is to support 200 brilliant but needy girls in Ahafo Ano-North District.

Heads of first cycle schools and the two senior secondary schools in the district are to select girls who are to benefit from the scholarship scheme.

This was made known by Mrs Alice L. Asabia, Ashanti Regional Co-ordinator of ISODEC at a durbar organised to round-off activities marking the celebration of Girls Education Week at Tepa.

Mrs Asabia said since the inception of the scholarship scheme in the district in 1998, 40 girls from SSS, 160 from Junior Secondary Schools and 200 from primary schools have benefited from the scheme.

The ISODEC co-ordinator noted that even though tracer studies on past beneficiaries of the ISODEC/AANDA scholarship indicate that girls who completed SSS could not further their education, ISODEC is still committed to human resource development with emphasis on the girl-child.

A report by AANDA on girl-child education in the district showed that the enrolment of girls in first and second cycle schools in the district has slightly increased from 5,968 in the 1999/2000 academic year to 6,011 this academic year.

The report noted that the girl-child education project and the district directorate of education in their bid to improve girl-child education have been organising vacation classes for girls in the district at their own expense.

The report also commended the Omanhene of Tepa traditional area, Nana Adusei Atwenewaa Ampem I, for his continuous support for education in the district.