The 1974 -year group of Wesley Girls High School, has launched an educational Foundation to assist underprivileged students across the country and also support the development and maintenance of the school’s infrastructure.
Resources could also be drawn from the Foundation to contribute to the welfare of teachers in the school.
Ms Esther Cobbah, President of the ’74 Year Group, at a media launch in Accra on Wednesday, told journalists that the initiative was in accordance with the tradition of the school, where each year group marking its 40th anniversary, makes a presentation to the school.
She said the group hopes to mobilise at least GH₵100,000 by January 2015, while the Foundation would be managed by a competent Board of Trustees.
According to her the Foundation would be funded through donations from all who believe in excellence as a key ingredient for national development and livelihood improvement.
Ms Cobbah said the Foundation would undertake short, medium and long term fundraising activities, during which contributions ranging from GH₵10,000 as onetime payment, monthly commitments of up to GH₵ 30,000 from September 2014 to June 2015 and a GH₵ 1, 000 per month for the next five years.
She encouraged all well meaning persons to channel their donations through the account name- the WGHS 74 Year Group Foundation at the UT Bank, with the Account Number: 000126202037018.
She said the Foundation also operates a Dollar Account named: The WGHS 74 Year Group Foundation, also with the UT Bank, with the Account Number: 1071262037035 and indicated that, Cheque payment in the name of the WGHS 74 Year Group would also be acceptable.
Professor Afua Hesse, a Pediatric Surgeon and Head of the Pediatric Unit at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, who launched the Foundation, commended the group for the initiative and called on all Ghanaians to support the worthy cause, saying no country could succeed if it neglects its women.
She said women’s role in the contemporary world is becoming more recognised and are required in making critical policy decisions and they are also expected to participate actively in governance, therefore they are entitled to quality education to be able to play such roles.
Mrs Betty Dzokoto, Headmistress of the Wesley Girls High School, said the school had over the years, benefited tremendously from donations and sustained contributions from its old students to maintain and improve infrastructure as well as motivate its teachers to work extra hard to sustain the successes chalked out over the years at competitions at both local and international levels.
She said there are so many girls needing financial assistance to be able to complete their secondary education.
The Foundation, she said, would serve as a great intervention to ensure securing a great future for underprivileged girls to sustain efforts towards improved education for women to reduce illiteracy levels, poverty and under-five and maternal mortality in the country. GNA