NEW Tafo (Krofofrom) Seventh-day Adventist Church has launched education endowment fund to support brilliant but needy students for furtherance of education.
A member of the Education Committee of the church, Mr. Joseph Agyemang, explains the fund is opened to all and sundry, meaning not only Seventh-day Adventists but members of the public who are not church members could also apply for support.
He says the focus of the fund is to enable families that cannot offset education bills of their wards, irrespective of their religious affiliation, to do so or be given a financial push to support the education needs of their wards.
He says a Constitution, as legal framework guiding the fund, was established in 2016 and generally, not every applicant would be a beneficiary but thorough investigations as part of meeting the requirement of the constitution would be carried out before deserving applicants would be assisted.
He expressed gratitude to a philanthropist who is a businessman in the church, Oheneba Kofi Owusu Piesie, for supporting the fund with GHc10, 000.00
The launching was made colourful as singing groups including New Era, Dominion Singers, Bremang Vision Singers, Testimony Singers, and Precious One performed in their numbers to make the ceremony a memorable one.
With the Queen of Tanodumase, Nana Puah Yiadom II, being the chairperson for the launching, it was held on the theme: “Investing in the Child today for a better tomorrow – the Role of the Church, Parent and the State”.
Both the Members of Parliament for Manhyia North and South, Mr. Collins Owusu Amankwa and Dr. Matthew Opoku Premepeh were represented while Assembly Members were also present to contribute to the fund.
Financial constraint should not cripples brilliant students
A former Vice Chancellor of the Valley View University (VVU), Prof. Dr. Dr. Daniel Buor, who was the Guest Speaker for the occasion noted that quality education was one of the pillars of socio-economic development.
Having suffered financial constraints in his lifetime before, the Professor of Medical Geography further noted that most brilliant students had either ended up their education or could not go as higher as they wanted to go due to financial constraint.
That to him was the more reason why the church was to be appreciated for taking upon itself to financially support such needy students within and without the church.
He said under no circumstance should financial constraint cripple students who are determined to make it in life for further academic laurels and charge other churches in Christendom to emulate the example of New Tafo SDA so as for the Ghanaian society to increase literacy rate and enhance quality education.
He entreated students who will be beneficiaries of the fund not abuse the opportunity but must upon that benevolence, study hard to make their families and the church proud.
Encroachment on School Lands
The Kwabre East District Director of Education, Ms. Akua Abrafi Ampofo who also spoke the ceremony used the opportunity to bemoan the situation where school lands have encroached by members of the public.
She observed that the situation of encroachment has been an affront to both government and schools and that the Ghana Education Service (GES) was making frantic efforts to deal with the situation.
She applauded the New Tafo SDA for the launching of the fund to help reduce the burden of government and together make access to quality education an easy one for all.