Francis Akuffo Yirenkyi, father of class six pupil , Joshua Kwapong, looked on with excitement and hope as his son, a beneficiary of the Nyansapo Scholarship Project, received educational materials and school supplies including school uniform, a backpack, pair of shoes, exercise books, pens and pencils among others.

“The scholarship will go a long way to benefit my son and over sixty other beneficiaries. The absence of these educational materials affects the performance and enthusiasm of these children. Now, they can attend classes throughout the week and become good assets to our community and country,” Mr. Yirenkyi said with renewed optimism.

On Thursday February 27, United Way Ghana in collaboration with LeadAfrique International and Engage Now Africa, held the annual scholarship scheme which saw to the distribution of educational supplies to seventy (70) pupils from six selected schools in Akropong at the Ebenezer Methodist Church. The beneficiary schools were Abiriw SDA Basic, Okuapeman Basic, Akropong Methodist, M.A Basic, St Joseph Anglican and Salem Presbyterian.

“Over the past few years, we have given selected pupils the same scholarship kits but this year with the help of teachers, pupils were assessed by a committee to know what exactly they needed; be it a pair of shoes, school uniform, books, pencils and uniforms among others. We are providing each pupil with the necessary educational support,” said Grace Braimah, Project Officer for United Way Ghana.

Parents, caregivers and teachers present were sensitized in two sessions to help them improve on their relationships with the children and were educated on ways to support their ward’s education and growth.

Letitia Ohene-Effah, co-founder of LeadAfrique International, explained to parents that children, no matter how young they are, still need to be taught certain things in life because from birth to age seven, children are able to absorb things easier and faster. Speaking on the topic ‘parenting as a ministry,’ she also urged pupils to get closer to their parents and open up to them when taking decisions.

‘We as parents have to stop complaining about everything around us and affirm positive words into our lives and that of our wards”.

Speaking on the subject, ‘Improving your quality of life wheel’, Engage Now Africa’s Cecelia Amankwah, advised parents on how their levels of expenditure can affect their financial and family growth. She gave a scenario of how mothers always want to buy and sew a new cloth for social occasions such as weddings, funerals and baby christening ceremonies instead of using that money to invest in their family or child’s future. “Parents, please continuously prioritize your expenses and invest or save more towards your child’s future.”

Osafohene Offei Kwakye, Aboasah of Akropong, expressed his excitement about the Nyansapo Scholarship Project and urged all beneficiaries to make good use of the supplies given them. He advised parents to practice all they have learned for their lives to improve positively.

Before the ceremony ended, beneficiaries and their parents expressed their heartfelt gratitude for the kind gesture, pupils confirmed that their dreams can be achieved with the support witnessed on the day and further promised to make their communities and country a better place.

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The Nyansapo Scholarship Project, which falls under United Way Ghana’s Improving Basic Education (IBE) programme, advances the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 that champions inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all as well as SDG 17 which advocates for partnerships to achieve set goals and targets. Over 800 pupils have benefitted from the scholarship scheme since its inception in 2005.