The Brong-Ahafo Regional representative of Ghana’s Most Beautiful (GMB), Season VIII, Miss Afia Asamoah, has donated a quantity of Sasso-Branded exercise books to 90 selected Basic Schools in the Region.
The prestigious beauty pageant organized by Television Three (TV3) in Accra sought to redefine beauty to promote national unity.
Although Miss Asamoah was eliminated mid-way through the programme, back home in Brong-Ahafo, she felt it was proper to organize a “thank you” programme, to justify the great support she had from the region, from the start of it, till the time of her exit.
The event, held at the Jubilee Park, was attended by Mr. Eric Opoku, the Regional Minister, as well as Municipal and District Chief Executives (M/DCEs) and their traditional leaders, from whose areas of jurisdiction the beneficiary schools were selected.
In her welcoming address, Miss Asamoah said she entered the contest to promote her project on Single Mothers, saying the plight of single mothers was one way of dealing with child delinquency.
She added “basic education is a ‘must’ pre-requisite to knowledge acquisition, ” and therefore urged Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) of basic schools in the region, to collaborate with school authorities to improve on standards of education in their communities.
Mr. Opoku described Ms. Asamoah’s gesture as example of “patriotism demonstrated by not living for herself alone, but for her community, region and country.”
The Regional Minister, therefore, stressed that government would continue to count on the support of stakeholders, like traditional leaders, religious bodies, civil society organizations and individuals, to move educational system of their areas to higher pedestals.
In an address read for him, Dr. George Adjei-Henne, Regional Director of Education stated that education was imperative for developing countries in particular, to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
He added that it was also the key to increase the country’s productivity to make it more competitive in the global economy.
Dr Adjei-Henne expressed conviction that the mode of selection of the recipient schools would encourage those schools to study harder, knowing that their efforts would not go unnoticed.
The gesture, he added, would also encourage students and pupils of beneficiary schools, to maintain their disciplined behaviour, one of the criteria for the selection. GNA