The Zonta Club of Accra II, a non-governmental organisation of professional women committed to advancing the status of women through service and advocacy has awarded 16 female students with scholarships.
Out of the number, 15 of the students came from four basic schools in the Accra Metropolis.
These are; Ablenkpe Community School, Dzorwulu Community Basic School, Ogbojo Presbyterian Primary School and New Ningo District Assembly Primary School with the remaining one being a senior high school science student from Accra Girls.
Dubbed: “Project 2021 and Girls in Science,” it aims at sponsoring brilliant but needy girls from class four to junior high school (JHS) three.
The Girls in Science project is sponsoring beneficiaries through to the university level, Mrs Rachel Baddoo, President of the Club, stated in Accra on Tuesday during the awards ceremony.
She noted that the enjoyment of the scholarships would depend on the maintenance of good grades and good behaviour by beneficiaries.
She therefore encouraged the students to stay focused on their studies and not disappoint themselves with immoral acts that could lead to teenage pregnancies.
“You are important, you are worthy, you are valuable, so don’t allow anyone to deceive you.
“If you find yourself in a situation that you should not be in, just leave the place-flee if necessary,” she advised.
On the selection criteria, Nana Oforiwaa Koranteng, Past President of the Club, said it was done with the help of teachers through the compilation of students reports, preliminary assessments, interviews and short listing to arrive at the number they were reaching out to.
She noted that females constitute more than 51 per cent of the population and so with more education, they should be able to contribute significantly to the development of Ghana.
“Zonta Club of Accra II, do acknowledge these deserving students and not only to drive home the importance of the project to us but to stress how much of a difference we know education can make in the life of individuals, especially girls and women,” she said.
Nana Koranteng expressed the need for the beneficiaries to make themselves proud as well as members of the Club, parents and teachers by learning very hard and making better use of the opportunity presented to them.
“Girls, there is time for everything and for you this time is for concentrating on your studies and staying in school,” she said.
She urged parents to partner with teachers to make the project a worthy course and also advised them not to use their children, especially the girl- child for sexual exploits.
Madam Juliana Adah, a parent to one of the beneficiaries on behalf of her colleagues pledged their commitment towards the fulfilment of their part of the partnership that would make the goal of the Club worthwhile.
Madam Elizabeth Ohenwaa, Headmistress, Dzorwulu Community Basic School, thanked the group and promised the continuous support of the teachers in nurturing, grooming and educating the students to be great leaders.
Provision of school uniforms, stationeries, payment of levies and extra classes’ fees would include the packages beneficiaries would be enjoying from the Club.
Founded in 1919, Zonta International is a leading global organisation of professionals committed to improve the status of women through service and advocacy.
There are more than 30,000 members belonging to 1,200 Zonta clubs in 67 countries and in Ghana there are four clubs. GNA