In fulfilment of a campaign promises to transform education among his people when elected to parliament as their representative, Hon Alhassan Umar, Member of Parliament for Zabzugu, in the Northern Region, has donated over 300 bags of cement and 60 packets of roofing sheets to some communities within the district.
According to the MP, in the run up to the 2016 general elections, he promised to transform the area by first initiating and supporting policies that would help to reduce the number of school drop out among children to bridge the yawning gap of educated constituent.
Thankfully, he won and as part of the efforts to boost education, he presented the building materials including 300 bags of Cements and 60 packets of roofing sheets to assist the “Self Help Community Projects” initiated by residents to provide accommodation for teachers.
Lack of accommodation in the rural communities are the reasons why teachers do not accept postings to those areas. As a result, most rural schools are staffed with untrained teachers while others are even understaffed.
Zabzugu District is one of the most deprived districts in the Northern Region. The few basic schools available are faced with infrastructural challenges as some of its schools still under trees.
Several appeals to the central government as well as NGOs to provide suitable accommodation for teachers, especially those posted to rural schools to enhance effective teaching and learning has yielded no results.
The situation has undoubtedly forced the Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in the deprived communities to initiate Self Help Projects to provide some sort of teachers bungalows for teachers who travel at distance to teach.
While providing the man power labour, the PTA also made a request to the MP as major stakeholder for assistance to roof and plaster the buildings.
Upon evaluating the request as genuine and one in line with his vision to improve quality education, Hon Umar quickly mobilised resources from his share of the District Assembly Common Fund to buy roofing sheets and cement for the communities.
At a short but impressive ceremony to present the building materials, the MP who is known among his constituent as Mr Abaako reiterated his commitment to transform the area, especially the education sector.
“I know teachers accommodation is a challenge not only in our district but across the country. As part of my vision as an MP to see to the betterment of education, I deem it appropriate and honour to ensure that teachers who are sent to our communities have a decent place to stay,” he stated.
He added that, “This would go a long way to ensure teaching and learning is improved because the teachers would no longer have to commute from the district capital to the communities.”
Hon Umar said, it was worrying that brilliant children education are being curtailed as a result of lack of teachers, and vowed to use his Common Fund to improve standard of education in the constituency.
The lawmaker 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.
“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,” he added.
The MP used the opportunity to also called on community members and stakeholders in education to help children to realise their dreams.
The District Director of Education, Alhassan Alidu Jnr, who received the items on behalf of the communities expressed thankful to the MP for the support and pledged that the material would be put to good use.
“There are still many challenges in our schools as many school children still lie on their bellies to study and it is a big challenge. We still want to appeal to the MP in that regard. We are assuring him that the donations will be put to good use,” he said.
The beneficiaries communities includes, Kukpalga D/A primary, Gor Tani D/A primary, Dagbaa Baani D/ A primary, Binyikundo D/A primary and Pogmado D/A primary.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba