About 1,300 school dropouts in five selected metropolitan, municipality and districts in the Ashanti region have been supported with education materials to return to the classroom.
Out of the number, 1,000 of them are at the basic level while 300 are enrolled in Technical and Vocational Training institutions.
The support from PLEDGE Ghana, a non-governmental organisation in child protection, and UNICEF is to complement government’s All Inclusive Education policy.
The beneficiary school children at the basic level were supported with school uniforms, bags, footwear, books, and other learning materials.
Those in the technical and vocational institutions were also given sewing machines, hair dryers, and protective gears to enhance their practical skills.
Presenting the items to the beneficiaries, Executive Director of PLEDGE Ghana, David Atiga said helping the needy to attain higher feet through education has been his passion.
“We aim at assisting children who have abandon school and engaged in hazardous activities for livelihood to return to the classroom. We collaborate with social welfare to gather data of such children to offer them support,” he said.
Mr Atiga noted his outfit has put up a monitoring programme to follow up and ensure that the beneficiary children are in school.
He stated “beyond the items we are giving to the children, we are collaborating with NBSSI to provide training to parent of the beneficiaries on livelihood skills and financial literacy to enable them take up the mantle to continue educating the children after the program ends”.
Mr Atiga expressed his outfit’s commitment to using its partnership with UNICEF, a world body responsible for the education of children, to provide care and support for needy children.
PLEDGE Ghana is currently operating in Ashanti and Upper West Regions and plans to support 2,600 school children stay in the classroom.
The NGO is focusing on combating all forms of child labour activities in the Ghana.
By Ibrahim Abubakar|3news.com|Ghana