Education Endowment Foundation, dubbed “Nick Sebo Foundation”, has been launched at Kongo in the Upper East Region to cater for the most deprived students in schools in the region.
The Foundation is to sustain the work Reverend Francis Sebo who had since the 90s been sponsoring students in deprived areas including Kongo, Tongo, Bongo, Bolgatanga, Navrongo, Bawku among others in the region.
Rev. Sebo is a Liberian Catholic Brother based in America. He has through fund raising been able to sponsor about 32 students from the region, some of whom have completed teacher training and nursing training colleges, universities, polytechnics and are working with government departments and private institutions.
The former students of Rev. Sebo have decided among themselves to contribute to complement his efforts to take care of other deprived students in the area.
Launching the foundation at a mini community durbar at Kongo on Monday, Mr Raymond Ayine, a beneficiary of Rev. Sebo, who now holds a Masters Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Ghana, and working with Afrikids Ghana, a non governmental organisation, appealed to traditional authorities, the leadership of the church and benevolent people to contribute to the foundation’s fund.
“Reverend Brother Sebo has sown a seed and we as members of the Nick Sebo Educational Endowment Foundation will not only generosly provide financial support to deprived students but also contribute in the area of peer counseling to students.”
He noted that the foundation would be global in nature and called on others beyond the region and the country to contribute to the foundation.
Mrs Vivian Anafo, District Chief Executive (DCE) for the Talensi Nabdam District, who was full of praise for the Rev. Sebo, indicated that apart from his religious duties in Ghana, he had contributed a lot to complementing government’s efforts in education.
She said she was among the members of the Catholic Church who benefitted from Rev. Sebo’s assistance in tie and dye making and cookery.
She urged the school children to take their studies seriously to become responsible adults to effectively run the affiars of the nation, stressing that education was the strongest weapon to all opportunities.
Rev. Sebo appealed to Africans, especially those in the Diaspora, to contribute to the educational development of deprived school children in African countries since that was the best way to invest.
He said he was taught by his parents to care for the needy and that his parents used to cater more for the needs of friends than him making it difficult for anybody who entered his family to establish who was a stranger.
This, he noted, equipped him with the philosophy to encourage a lot of children in Ghana who were not in school to enroll and stay in school. GNA