A Chinese entrepreneur in Ghana, Zoyo Zhao, on Tuesday presented school uniforms and assorted books to poor children in the Adedenkpo 1&2 Basic School (Accra Royal School) at James Town, a suburb of the capital, during a short visit.

For the beneficiary children, the need for school uniforms and books that usually keeps them away from school, has become a thing of the past.

Zoyo explained that her passion was to spread the opportunities she had had in education to the underprivileged in society wherever she found herself to enable people to achieve their life’s ambitions.

“Education is very important. I am very thankful for the chances of education I have got. That made me who I am today that I can be here in Ghana, so I would like to spread similar chances and give more chances to people to also have the opportunity to also further their education and finish their education and go to more places just like I did,” she stated.

According to her, although there were several needs in the community and the school, uniforms and books were the most urgent.

The choice of the uniforms and books was based on a request put across to her by the management of the school during a previous visit by the philanthropist, who is President of U-ton International Ghana Limited, a Hong-Kong and Mainland China-based Telecommunications Construction firm.

“It wouldn’t make sense for me to just bring anything that is not a specific need. I see a lot of needs here, but the most urgent and prioritized ones is the uniform. Some of them said they have been wearing theirs everyday for the past five years. You can see that it is torn, it is worn and books for studies obviously,” she added.

The pupils were very cheerful when the uniforms and books were presented to them in front of the school’s management.

Farida Mumuni, Headmistress of the two-streamed school with enrollment of 350 pupils, expressed appreciation for the gesture.

“We are very grateful for the gesture; for the gift that she has given us. We weren’t expecting it so we are very grateful and we pray that she will get more to come and support us next year coming. Thank you,” the headmistress told the donor.

In Ghana, parents from poor backgrounds find it difficult to meet the needs of their children, while government intervention is usually outstripped by the huge demand. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh