In fulfilment of a campaign promises to transform education among his people when elected to parliament as their representative, Hon Albert Akuka Alalzuuga, the Member of Parliament for Garu, in the Upper East Region, has reached out to pupil in basic schools within the constituency with education materials.
According to him, in the run up to the 2016 general elections, he promised to transform the area by first initiating policies to reduce the number of school drop out to bridge the yawning gap of educated constituent and other parts of the country when elected.
Thankfully, he said, he was elected into parliament haven obtained 12,809 Votes out of the 23,900 valid votes cast representing 53.59 per cent, hence the initiative of the education transformational policies through his MPs Social Intervention Fund, to cater for pupil of basic education, especially the deprived to unlock their potentials.
The Garu constituency which is now a District is located in the South Eastern corner of the Upper East Region of the Republic of Ghana. It shares boundaries with, Bawku Municipal to the North, Binduri to the North West, Pusiga District to North East, East Mamprusi District to the South West, Bunkpurugu-Yunyoo District to South East, Bawku West District to the West and the Republic of Togo to the East.
It covered a total land area of one thousand two hundred and thirty kilometers square (1,230 Km2) with a population of 62,025 representing 47.7 percent of total population, according to the 2010 Population and Housing Census.
Nevertheless, Hon Akuka told THE REPUBLIC in an exclusive interview in parliament last Friday, that he is committing a whopping of his MPs Social Intervention Fund to support needy students in the education sector in the District, to minimize the rate of school drop out.
He said, education is a human right just like other human rights and therefore could not be taken for granted, stressing that, the aim is to reduce the unemployment situation.
Education experts has lamented that, across the world, 59 million children and 65 million adolescents are out of school, while over 120 million children do not complete primary education.
Behind these figures there are children and youth being denied not only a right, but opportunities, a fair chance to get a decent job, to escape poverty, to support their families, and to develop their communities.
This the Garu lawmaker said had made him took a bold and pragmatic decision to set priorities for the basic education, stating that, “as the Member of Parliament for the Garu constituency, I will continue to make sure education is place high on the list of my development agenda.”
He added that, “we have the responsibility to make sure we fulfill the promise we made to the people we seek to serve and to ensure that our boys and girls in every community complete a full course of primary schooling.”
The challenges he said are daunting, but he would use all available resources to promote basic education in the constituency, as access to quality education and the chances for development remained two sides of the same coin.
Mr Akuka said, during parliament recess, he distributed both text and exercises books as well as maths set for pupil in the schools within the district.
Already, over 10 basic schools in the constituency have received different kinds of assistance including provision and supply of Furniture, Examination and other educational materials.
The MP said he had also procured 500 dual desk for schools to improve teaching and learning and as well provided free vacation and extra classes for students, specially those who would be writing the 2019 Basic Education Certificate Examination ( BECE).
Mr Akuka said he attached importance to education and development given the crucial role the sector is expected to play in his vision to transform the constituency, nothing that, it would help in reducing unemployment and ultimately fight extreme poverty among the people of Garu.
The MP noted that, the collaboration with parents and his office would greatly enhance the commitment to promoting education and imparting technology skills in the constituency.
“It is my belief that this little effort will increase access to education in Garu schools. I am keen on using my resources as MP to positively transform lives in the communities,” Mr Akuka added.
The former DCE said, it was worrying that brilliant children education are being curtailed as a result of lack of access and poverty among parents, and vowed to use his Common Fund to improve standard of education in the constituency.
He however urged parents and guardians to take their wards education serious and use the available little resources to cater for their education needs, as it remained the only way which they could excel in society, saying, ” I know it is not easy, but if parents commit the few resources at their disposal for their children education it will in the end eradicate the cycle of poverty in our communities.”
The Garu lawmaker also called on community members and stakeholders in education to help children to realise their dreams.
He again, reiterated his commitment to support education in the district and to promote academic excellence.
Source : therepublicnewsinltherepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba