Over two hundred female pupils from various schools within the Kono District, who excelled during the last National Primary School examinations (NPSE) have benefitted from a joint award from World Vision and the World Food Programme.
According to Sam Njah, World Vision Kono branch manager, the award is meant to help the needy children who amassed an aggregate score of three hundred and above in the last examination.
Explaining the criteria for his organization’s specific attention to such venture, he revealed that the move is to minimize the high level of illiteracy amongst the women folk in the country.
The Kono manager revealed that statistic had shown that 27 percent of women in the country are not formally educated, and reiterated that though the prizes are small in appearance, yet it was done in the spirit of encouraging the girl-child in the pursuit of better education.
The base manager however cautioned parents who are in the habit of sending their children into early marriage, emphasizing the negative stance it has on the children and the society at large.
Mr. Njah lauded the efforts of the World Food Programme (WFP) for its relentless effort in providing daily meal for the pupils, and noted that his organization’s stance to work in close collaboration with WFP is not regrettable, as they had always kept to their promises.
According to the Senior Inspector of schools Mr. K.Y. Kassiama, the girl child education programme was intended for the eastern region of the country inorder to reduce the rate of illiteracy amongst the female child.
Several contributions were made by NaCSA and the Social Welfare Gender and Children Affairs representatives in the district.
The package includes a year fee, two sets of uniforms and a dozen exercise books of 120 pages.