To enhance quality education for girls, 60 girls from the Forum for African Women Educationalists (FAWE) Junior Secondary School at Waterloo have received exercise and text books, bags, pairs of uniform, shoes and full year school fees from the Batonga scholarship.
Giving a background on the Batonga scholarship FAWE’s national coordinator, Mrs Eileen Hanciles, said early this year she had the opportunity to meet with white people in America who had interest in girls’ education.
She added that the people demanded that FAWE should be a beneficiary of it, adding that the fund was from a black female musician Angelic Kijo who wanted to boost Africans.
Mrs Hanciles noted that each people should receive 60 dollars which had been converted to the distribution of text and exercise books, uniforms, shoes, bags and paying of a full term school fee for the pupils.
The FAWE national coordinator admonished the beneficiaries that if they did not perform well in school the scholarship would be retrieved from them and given to another pupil.
She informed them that pupils were selected due to their academic performances and constraints which they were facing in school.
In his statement Mr Osei Whenzle, the headman of Waterloo, said it was “a big opportunity for our children to benefit from such scholarships”.
He urged the pupils to work hard, be punctual in school and be tidy and to put up their best behaviour whenever they were in or out of school.
The chairman of the Waterloo Rural District Council, Alieu Badara Mansaray, thanked FAWE for the initiative taken to boost the education of girls.
He added that, “the gifts are important to enhance the educational career of the girl child”.
Presenting the items to the pupils, Mrs Elfrida Scott appealed to the pupils to stay in school and take education as their first priority, adding that, “education is the key to success”.
She urged parents to supervise and send their girl child to school “because education is the bedrock of every society”.