By Kwaku Agyemang, for HEED TV.
Asokore-Koforidua – (E/R), February 19th – The Health, Education, and Entrepreneurship Development (H.E.E.D.) Foundation presented 8 scholarships to deserving academically talented but needy students on February 19th, 2018 at the Methodist Primary School at Asokore, a town near the Eastern Regional capital of Koforidua. The small ceremony saw headmasters and mistress of the four Junior High Schools in the area whose students were being honored and parents attend the event. H.E.E.D. Foundation Director of Education, Mr. Atta Kodua Boateng Jr. represented the foundation in the presentation of scholarships. During the presentation, Mr. Boateng admonished the students to take advantage of the opportunity presented to them and go all the way to the top.
The scholarships were given in the form of studying materials chosen by the students themselves to aid them in preparation for the Basic Education Certificate Examination (B.E.C.E.). They ranged from items such as Mathematics and Science Textbooks, B.E.C.E. past question books, mathematical sets, dictionary, drawing boards, school bags, and mock examination fees.
The H.E.E.D. Foundation also took the opportunity to unveil another program of the organization; The B.E.C.E. preparation classes which commenced the same day of ceremony. In her remarks, the Headmistress of the Salvation Army School, Madame Evelyn advised the students who will be attending the classes for free to put up a good behavior and attach seriousness to the program since it can be obvious that some Ghanaians do not attach seriousness to anything that is free of charge. She further indicated that their seriousness will guarantee the sustainability of the program for upcoming generations. She urged facilitators of the program to dismiss any student that comes late to the classes to instill discipline in the exercise.
The headmaster of the Roman Catholic School (one of the participating schools), advised and encouraged parents to make extra provisions for food since their wards will be staying in the classroom for long. He also advised the H.E.E.D. teachers to conduct tests to try the students in order to be assured of good results.
The ceremony concluded with one of the parents asking for God’s blessing on the organizers of the foundation as they embark on this journey of selfless devotion to the most needy in the community.