The Atebubu-Amantin District Assembly is to launch an education endowment fund by the close of September, this year to support needy but academically promising students from the district in senior high school (SHS) and tertiary institutions.
Mr Sanja Nanja, the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Atebubu-Amantin, disclosed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic at Atebubu, the district capital in the Brong Ahafo Region, after an emergency meeting of the assembly.
He said the assembly saw education as the key and bedrock of the socio-economic development of the district and had, therefore, decided to use a greater portion of its internally generated fund (IGF) and external funds to promote and enhance quality teaching and learning in the district.
Mr Nanja stated that the assembly was also working assiduously to eradicate schools under trees and the use of stones as stools in the district.
Subsequently, he said, Fante New Town, English-Arabic, Gradima District Assembly (D/A) and Fanfour D/A Primary Schools would each benefit from the construction of a six-classroom block, which are being sponsored by the Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETFund) as part of efforts to eradicate schools under trees in the district.
He stated further that in its bid to inculcate the habit of reading in schoolchildren and students in the area, the assembly had reopened the Atebubu Community Library which had been abandoned since 1996.
Mr Nanja said also the assembly had re-stocked the library and, therefore, appealed to benevolent associations to help in that direction to help develop the human resource of the district.
The Member of Parliament (MP) for Atebubu-Amantin, Mr Emmanuel Owusu Mainoo, for his part, said he devotes about 70 per cent of his share of the MP’s Common Fund to education in the constituency.
He said he sponsored the construction of teacher’s quarters at Gradima, 60 students at tertiary level, mock examination for junior high school (JHS), books for the community library, the purchasing of a photocopier for the Atebubu and Amantin SHS and nurses quarters at Atebubu.