The Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Abibata Shanni Mahama Zakariah, has donated some learning materials to the Complementary Education Agency (CEA) in Yendi.
This is to assist apprentices and junior and senior high school dropouts to acquire numeracy and basic English language skills.
The learning materials included 500 exercise books, 100 D2 arithmetic, 200 A1 and A2 exercise books, 100 G for drawing books, 4 boxes each of easers, pens, pencils, and markers, 100 pieces of my first copy books, and some course textbooks for mathematics, English language, science, social studies, and teachers copies.
Presenting the items to the Agency over the weekend in Yendi, Hajia Abibata Zakariah disclosed that MASLOC’s decision to extend support for the Agency was prompted by a request by the institution to help it carry out its activities in the municipality.According to her, she has been observing the Agency’s work for a long time and can attest to the impact it is making in the lives of young people by equipping them with basic literacy skills despite their many challenges and limited resources.The Agency’s support from MASLOC improves its efforts to support youngsters via education, skill development and empowerment for underprivileged people who, through no fault of their own, were unable to pursue further education, she noted.
As part of activities for the day, Hajia Abibata Zakariah delivered the guest of honour speech at and event organised by Pagba Saha Foundation on Menstrual Hygiene at the Yendi Girls Senior High School.
She urged parents to pay particular attention to their children’s reproductive health, especially that of their female children.
The MASLOC boss indicated that the main causes of poor menstrual hygiene are a lack of education, enduring taboos, stigmatisation, limited access to hygienic menstrual products, and inadequate sanitation infrastructure.
In her view, the aforementioned also prevent women and girls from reaching their full potential and reduces their educational opportunities, health, and general social status around the world.Hajia Abibata Zakariah was presented with a special citation in recognition of her accomplishments for being a driving force in empowering Ghanaian entrepreneurs, and fostering economic growth, through facilitating access to affordable loans and financial support for businesses in the micro and small enterprises across the country.
Receiving the materials on behalf of the Agency, the Municipal Director of CEA, Alhaji Mohammed Iddrisu Alhassan, praised MASLOC for meeting their request, and gave assurances that the items would be put to good use.
He further stated that the distribution of these learning materials would assist the Agency in efficiently running remedial courses developed for junior and senior high school dropouts who are mostly females in dressmaking enterprises as apprentices to allow them to acquire basic English literacy and arithmetic.
The Municipal Director of the Ghana Education Service (GES) in Yendi, Iddrisu Amadu, praised the institution’s corporate social responsibility efforts, and asked other institutions to follow suit to guarantee that the disadvantaged members of society are not left behind.
The Complementary Education Agency, which is an expansion to the previous Non-formal Education Division (NFED) of the Ministry of Education, was established by CEA Act 2020 (Act 1055) to oversee the provision and administration of quality complementary education in Ghana.