Families in deprived areas in Ghana are often constrained in affording proper educational materials, including uniforms and shoes, to send their children to school.

They may be too embarrassed to send their wards to school without these materials, which further entrenches poverty in these communities.

To support the educational needs of such school children, Ghanaian NGO, Bright Generation Community Foundation, with the support of TOMS, has instituted a development program to give free shoes and educational supplies.

?Many times children can?t attend school barefoot because shoes are a required part of their uniform. If they don?t have shoes, they don?t go to school. If they don?t receive an education, they don?t have the opportunity to realize their potential. Without a shoe most children who are out of school feel different and feel they run the risks of being bullied or at least stereotyped as a poor child by other school children?, said Bernice Dapaah, Project Coordinator.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), agreed upon in 2000, set 2015 as the year in which universal primary education (MDG-2) and gender equality (MDG-3) are to be achieved.

Despite such efforts and their echoes in national policies, many children are still out of school.

Ms. Dapaah believes the availability of free shoes would contribute to putting more children in school.

The programme, she said, is distributing thousands of shoes to school children in 30 deprived districts across Ghana. This run alongside a de-worming program for the kids aimed at treating soil transmitted worm infestation which causes a host of health problems and often prevents children from attending school or concentrating in class.

?Most of these children in deprived areas in Ghana who grow up barefoot are exposed to injury and disease each day, a leading cause of disease in Ghana is soil transmitted diseases which can penetrate the skin through bare feet. Wearing shoes can help prevent these diseases, and the long-term physical and cognitive harm they cause?, stated Ms. Dapaah.

She noted some soil-based diseases not only cause physical symptoms, but create cognitive.impairment, which can cripple a child?s long term potential.

?Children who are healthy are more likely to be successful students, and access to education is a critical determinant of long-term success?, she added.

TOMS has committed to ensure distributed shoes in targeted communities are replaced every six months for the next five years.

Children who are given TOMS shoes receive them as part of larger health and education programs run by the firm?s Giving Partners.

These programs help children get the care and opportunity they need to keep them healthy and in school.

TOMS has given over two million pairs of shoes to children in need around the world.

Source: Myjoyonline

10 COMMENTS

  1. Enchill Educational Complex is the name of the school which started last year 2016 in September. our pupils have amassed up to about 150 and still counting. We are located at Ayanfuri- Upper Denkyira West and need help in areas of books, stationaries, shoes etc.
    thank you for your support.

  2. Please, I want to apply for your aid to assist me to help eradicate lack of education at the Afram Plains.So kindly give me access to get in touch with you so that through your effortless support my dreams can come to pass.I am hoping to hear from you cause I want to make an official request from your organization.The name of the school is Blessing International at sempoa Afram plains in the kwahu East District Assembly. We need your support in kind of books, desks and others.And the population has exceedingly increased cause we have come to eradicate low level of education in the area.

  3. I am a young man of 34 years who owns a private school call The Promise Montessori School at Agona Asafo in the central region of Ghana.
    I was doing research about NGOs who help school so I came accros your organization who have heart of giving.
    My school is the most school in my area who don’t collect fees so due to that the enrolment always increased .
    I am here pleading to your aid to help us in the terms of learning material like books,computers,television,toys,chairs,tables,balls,and many more.

  4. The Promise Montessori School in agona asafo in the central region of Ghana seeking for your supports in terms of teaching and learning materials like books,computers,desks,television,balls,playing items like toys and etc.
    The school is the school we don’t collect fees due to that the enrolment always increased
    We give them food to eat as lunch pls co!e to our aid and support us . thank you

  5. Comment: GOSPEL LIGHT ACADEMY in gomoa kweikrom in gomoa east district in the central region of Ghana needs your help mostly. Our school lack a lot of educational TLM’s , infrastructures , uniforms and shoes. The school is the best school in the community and if you come here you can witness. So we want you to help us to remove those problems that we have, and as at now if you can help the school in one of the above mention problems and the rest some fews days we agree. In case of locating us and there’s a problem you can call us on 0240183702. Thanks for your assistance and we hope we will hear from you very soon.

  6. I need help to rewrite my mathematics (waec). I will not disappointment your help for me. My number 0270341743

  7. My name is Israel Quarme AYER, the Proprietor of AIMS AMBASSADORS SCHOOL established in 2015 at Peki Avetile in the South Dayi District of the Volta Region. I’ve devoted my monthly salary and loans in financing both physical structures and payment of the teachers salaries and SSNIT CONTRIBUTIONS. This is due to inability of parents to even afford GHs 60 as school fees a term per student. Procuring other teaching and learning materials has become a great challenge for me. We have up to class 5 with 4 pupils in class 5.
    I am by this message seeking your philanthropy support to cater for the cognitive, social, and psychomotor needs of these children. One key need is teaching and learning materials.
    I’ve acquired a land size of 4 and more building plots with structures and masons still on site.
    Kindly link me up for your support. You are always welcome to visit our school.

  8. Comment:I wish to draw your attention to the rapid break down of my school as a result of financial difficulties faced by most parents to provide their child with uniforms,shoes school bags and feeding fee.

  9. Comment:I wish to draw your attention to the major problem faced by my school in terms of pupils physiological needs. especially primary session. I there fore wish to seek your assistance in order to sustain the life of these students by providing us with school bag,shoes,uniform and physical education atire

  10. please i want you to support me with reading materials to help my pupils to be able to read fluently the name of my school is Nloranza st Barnabas Anglican Basic School

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