The Evangelical Presbyterian Church at Sokode-Bagble in the Ho Municipality of the Volta Region has presented laptops to five brilliant but financially challenged Senior High School (SHS) students in the community.
The laptops are to enable the students improve on their study of Information Communication and Technology (ICT) and also help them do research and practical works with ease.
Three of the beneficiary students are from Taviefe Senior High School, one from St. Roses Senior High School and the other from Sokode Senior High Technical School.
The donation, estimated at Gh¢3,300.00, falls under a Scholarship Scheme Partnership Programme between Sokode- Bagble E.P Church and the Kalamazoo First Presbyterian Church in the United States of America.
Mr Christoph Akoli Bansa, Chairman of the Partnership Committee, said in the era of ICT, it was necessary to equip the youth with ICT tools to enable them acquire the rightful knowledge, which would prepare them for effective future leadership.
He said it was important to place premium on ICT as the world was fast gravitating towards digitization, so as to avoid languishing behind the rest of progressive societies.
Mr Bansa said initially the Church with its partners had been providing scholarships to marginalized but brilliant students in the community to have access to Senior High School, however with the Free SHS policy, “our focus is to provide them with the necessary educational materials to enhance their learning”.
He urged the beneficiary students to ensure proper maintenance of the laptops and put them to good use to derive the maximum benefits from them for their academic excellence and progress.
Mr Bansa also called on parents of the beneficiary students to ensure effective monitoring of their wards to prevent them from misusing the laptops, but rather use them properly to “uplift the image of the Church and the Society.”
Parents of the beneficiary students in an interview with the Ghana News Agency expressed gratitude to the Church and its Partners for the gesture and pledged to ensure that the items were put to good use and properly maintained.
The beneficiary students were also grateful to the Church and its Partners and promised to ensure maximum maintenance of the laptops and also put them to good use.
A total of 34 persons made up of 13 males and 21 females have so far benefited from the programme since its inception in 2004.