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Merck Expands ‘Best Students Awards’ Programme

Merck, a leading science and
technology company, has expanded its ‘Best Student Awards’
programme to include students from the Kwame Nkrumah
University of Science and Technology (KNUST) and the Central
University College.
For the past three years, the company selected three students
from the University of Ghana’s School of Pharmacy to
participate in a month-long internship at its headquarters in
Darmstadt, Germany.
The students receive practical training in pharmaceutical and
life sciences before specialising in their respective fields.
Dr Kai Beckmann, a member of the Executive Board of Merck,
speaking at a press conference in Accra, said “the programme
is one more example of Merck’s commitment to supporting
healthy families, healthy communities and healthy economies
in Ghana.”
He said with Africa as a key market for their company, they
were focused on raising awareness on health topics,
responding to unmet medical needs, and helping to shape
tomorrow’s great scientific minds on the African continent.
Dr Beckmann said the internship programme would further
establish a stronger partnership between the company and the
participating universities.
“We are looking forward to receiving the next generation of
scientists and researchers from Ghana,” he said.
Reverend Professor Charles Ansah, the Dean, Faculty of
Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Science, KNUST, said it has
become necessary to raise the calibre of professionals being
produced in the pharmaceutical industry.
He said the opportunity was welcomed and appealed to
management of Merck to extend the gesture to lecturers of

NUGS President Fights Suspension

Embattled president of the National Union of Ghana Students
(NUGS), Michael Paa Kwesi Adu is insisting that he is still
president of the union.
Michael Paa Kwesi Adu was suspended following a suit
challenging his qualification.
The National Executive Committee of NUGS on Thursday
asked Adu to step aside until the court decides his fate.
Paa Kwesi Adu won the election to become president after
being cleared but some students doubt his status as a student
of the university, hence their resolve to challenge him in court.
Press and Information Secretary for NUGS, Thomas Takyi
Bonsu told Citi News that the final verdict of the court will
determine whether he would be reinstated or not.
He explained that per the NUGS constitution, their president
should be a full time student.
Mr. Bonsu disclosed that the current president contested the
presidency in 2014 and 2015 but was disqualified.
“…This year he contested and was disqualified based on the
same reason and the judicial committee of the union reversed
the decision of the vetting committee. That made him qualify
to contest. So some students are saying that they are still not
okay with that and they are taking the same issue to the
He added that “this time around, not only him but we sued
the union as well for allowing someone who is not a student
to contest the election and win.”
“The constitution of NUGS says if there is any legal case
against the union, the president is supposed to represent the
union in court and now it is the same president who is the
second defendant of the same court case. So the NEC is
saying that there is a conflict of interest and if the court gives
an order that he is still supposed to be the president then he
comes back and take his position but if the court does not
decide that then we do another election to see the way
forward,” he added.

World’s 57 million school drop-outs are in Africa

This year’s figures of the United Nations
Educational Scientific and Cultural
Organization (UNESCO) Institute of Statistics
indicate that more than half of the world’s 57
million out of school children are in Africa.

Acoording to the Institure, the continent is
also home of about 160 million illiterate
adults, Mr Limbani Nsapato, Policy and
Advocacy Manager and Regional Coordinator
for Africa Network Campaign on Education
For All (ANCEFA) stated this in Accra on

He noted that in sub-Saharan Africa alone,
about 10 million boys and girls also dropped
out of school.

Quoting the UNESCO statistics at the opening
of a two-day Regional Civil Society Workshop
for Education Financing in Africa, Mr Nsapato
said around 12.5 million out of the 27.5
million children were denied access to
education due to conflicts in Africa.
Participants at the workshop, jointly organized
by ANCEFA, IBIS, TJN-Africa and Ghana
National Education Campaign Coalition
(GNECC) would discuss findings of desk
research on Education For All (EFA) status,
and formulate advocacy strategies that seek
to accelerate EFA’s progress at improving
domestic financing through taxation in Africa.

They would come up with a road map for
advocacy for increased domestic financing,
especially through better tax administration
in Africa.
Mr Chals Wontewe, Country Director, IBIS,
commended Ghana for having made
significant improvements in making education
accessible to people.

Mr Wontewe, however, said the country was
still far from achieving the objective of
making education accessible to everyone, and
giving everyone quality education.

He said efforts to improve both access and
quality education in Africa had been very
challenging, as assistance to Africa has
declined in recent times.
Mr Wontewe urged the participants to work
together across sectors so that collectively
they could influence increased resource
mobilisation in support of education

Mr Leslie Tettey, National Co-ordinator
GNECC said the collaboration between
ANCEFA, IBIS, TJN-Africa and GNECC would
basically look at advocacy strategies that Civil
Societies could employ, to ensure Africa’s
education was on course, as far as taxation
was concerned.

“Taxation is seen as a major source of
domestic financing for development and we
hope to use that as a tool to improve
education in Africa”, he added.

Mr Johannes Chiminya, out-going Research
Officer TJN-Africa, said taxation was the only
visible way of financing education.

He noted that in order to exploit taxation as
a sustainable source of financing quality
education, there was the need for
stakeholders, and more especially Civil
Society Organizations, to advocate improved
tax administration in their respective
countries. GNA

90 Schools Get UNICEF Support

NINETY public schools in the Savelugu-Nanton
Municipality of the Northern Region have
benefited from the Child Friendly School
(CFS) model aimed at improving educational
standards in the country.

The model, adopted in 2010 by the Ghana
Education Service (GES) and supported by the
United Nations Children’s Fund, (UNICEF),
was to ensure that the principles of the
Convention on the Rights of the Child were
enacted in education.

It was also to improve student learning and
equitable educational outcomes for all
children, teachers, schools and communities
as well as help Ghana achieve the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) and education for

An assessment tour to some of the
beneficiary schools within the 149
communities in the municipality by UNICEF
officials and the media, revealed an all-
inclusive learning as a result of the cleaner,
safer and more conducive learning
environment created through the CFS
UNICEF Education Officer, Timoah Kunchira
said due to the introduction of dimensions
such as effective teaching and learning, health
promotion, gender sensitive school and
community engaged schools in the CFS
model, more children were now getting
enrolled in schools.

At the Tarikpaa Early Childhood Development
Centre, Mary Gyambedu, Kindergarten one
teacher said there has been an increment in
the attendance of pupils since the start of
the CFS.

She said the parents—mostly farmers—were
beginning to show commitment to their
children’s education.
“At first we had to go to the communities to
gather the children, but with the introduction
of the CFS model, the children themselves
are coming to school,” she said.

The classrooms of Tarikpaa D/A Primary
School, was however congested as a result of
high enrolment with some pupils not having
adequate learning materials.

The pupils, numbered from 50 to 70 in a
class with three children sharing a double
desk and a book. Ventilation and
concentration was also low and majority of
the children at the back of the classroom
could not see clearly what was written on the
chalk board.

Enoch Abukari, a primary three teacher,
commended government and UNICEF for
their efforts at getting the children to the
classroom but urged donor partners and
parents to do more to make the classrooms
more conducive for the children to learn

The Municipal Director of Education, Joseph
Kodjo Kumah expressed his gratitude to
UNICEF for their contribution towards the
improvement of education in the
municipality, which reflected in the children’s
“UNICEF has provided training for the heads
of the school, and the Parent Teacher
Association (PTA) on the effective
management of the school, they have also
improved on the health status of the children
with the provision of hand cleaning containers
and their deworming campaign,” he said.

The municipal director of education said
government had provided additional desks
and learning materials to cater for the
increasing number of students in the school.

He also assured the people of the
regularization of the school feeding
programme and free uniforms and urged
donor communities to continue with their
support so more children could get enrolled
in schools.

From Jamila Akweley Okertchiri, Tamale
Daily Guide.

Gov’t Reeleases GH¢25m To Pay School Feeding Caterers

An amount of over GH¢25 million Cedis has been disbursed for the payment of caterers engaged in the School Feeding Programme (GSFP) at all beneficiary districts that have duly submitted their returns to the National School Feeding Programme secretariat.

The amount, which will cover a total of 1,113, 928 pupils, was deposited at the Bank of Ghana last Monday for onward payment to the beneficiaries.

The National Co-ordinator of the programme, Mr Seidu Adamu, who announced this to the press in Tamale on Wednesday, however, expressed disappointment over the inability of about 10 districts to submit their returns since September last year.

According to Mr Adamu, the names of the recalcitrant districts had been submitted to the Ministry of Local Government to determine the appropriate sanctions against the defaulting districts. He, however, indicated that a supplementary budget would be prepared for those districts as and when they forwarded their returns.

“The delay in the payment is not the fault of neither the government nor the secretariat but from some of the assemblies that are not heeding to our advice,” Me Adamu said.

The National Co-ordinator bemoaned the lack of co-operation from some of the districts in the smooth running of the programme and urged assemblies and their respective desk officers to be up to their tasks and also submit reports on all school caterers who were not living up to their tasks, for whatever reasons, to the secretariat for immediate attention.

Mr Adamu spoke to a section 9f the media after addressing a two-day stakeholder planning workshop on facilitation of a smallholder farmer access to the GSFP ready market.

The four-year programme that is being facilitated by the Netherlands Development Organisation (SNV ) is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The programme, which would be piloted in 20 districts in the country, is expected to benefit about 10,000 smallholder farmers including 30 per cent of women.

It is also to enable them derive increased and stable income through effective participation in the home grown school feeding programme.

According to Mr Adamu, since the inception of the GSFP in 2005, there had been a poor linkage with local farmers and indicated that the project would now enhance their collabora-tion for mutual benefit.

He said his secretariat was liaising with the Ghana Buffer Stock Company to purchase local rice for caterers under the GSFP.

In line with this, Mr. Adamu said, the districts had been directed to get their respective warehouses ready to receive their supplies by the close of this month.

“The strategy to feed school children with locally prepared food that is nutritionally adequate will focus spending on the local economy to provide ready market for farm output leading to wealth creation for the rural households at the communities,” the co-ordinator explained.

For her part, the national co-ordinator of the project at the SNV, Madam Fati Bodua Seidu, said the 7.5 million US dollars programme is being implemented in Ghana, Kenya and Mali where over a total of 78,000 farmers would benefit.

She said apart from improving livelihoods and incomes, it would also enhance procurement governance by promoting favourable public and private sector procurement policies.

The president of the Ghana Federation of Agricultural Producers, King David Amoah, described the intervention as timely and encouraging since it would increase incomes and create employment opportunities for farmers and the youth at the communities.

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