THE Dormaa Traditional Council has so far spent a total of Gh¢120,000.00 (¢1.2billion) on 1,070 students, from the traditional area, in senior high and tertiary institutions in the country under its Educational Endowment Fund christened “Dormaaman Educational Endowment Fund” (DORMEEF) established ten years ago.
A total of 128 students which comprises 78 at the senior high school (SHS) and 50 at the tertiary levels are being sponsored under the fund for the 2010/2011 academic year.
Speaking at the annual award of the bursary to the 128 beneficiaries for the 2010/2011 academic year at Dormaa Ahenkro, which was held together with an end of year get together of the chiefs and citizens of Dormaa to usher in the new year, Osagyefo Oseadeayo Agyeman Badu II, the Omanhene of Dormaa Traditional Area, said the bursary was in its 10th year and had provided financial support to academically promising, needy students from the area to pursue SHS and tertiary education.
He noted that the traditional council saw education as the key to the socio-economic development of every society and would, therefore, continue to make education one of its top most priority.
Nana Agyeman Badu also used the occasion to commend the government for the provision of massive educational infrastructure in the traditional area and expressed the hope that in the coming years, the government would do more to raise the standard of education in the area.
The Secretary to the Board of Trustees for DORMEEF, Mr S H Baah, who presented the bursary on behalf of the President of the Dormaa Traditional Council and the initiator of the fund, Nana Agyeman Badu, expressed the hope that the beneficiaries of the fund would reciprocate the gesture by maintaining a high academic standard.