North Akatsi Muslim community encouraged to educate children

Akatsi North District Chief Executive (DCE) Dr Prince Sodoke Amuzu said there should be no justification for the Muslim community (Zongo) in the district to prevent their children from going to school.

He said the Zongo has produced many prominent citizens, who should be seen as role models for the younger generation living in the region and to serve as their inspiration to reach higher heights in education.

Dr Amuzu made the call during the commissioning of a six unit classroom block sponsored by the Ghana Education Trust Fund with ancillary facilities at the Ansar Islamic Basic School, Ave Afiadenyigba.

The DCE quoted Faisel Abdul-Iddrisu from GhOne (region) who graduated with first class honors in governance studies from EP University College, Ho, during his 11th and 12th congregations on Friday May 14.

He said education remains the surest way to ensure the proper development of any child into a successful citizen for family and society and that it is important for Muslim communities to realize this as it will help greatly to change the current discourse on Zongos.

“This community has produced and continues to produce remarkable people for the company. I am a happy person because I am standing here in front of you, especially coming out of a graduation ceremony at EP University in Ho. Faissel, which is from this district precisely from here, Ave Afiadenyigba had the first class and also a student leadership award.

Let us be motivated to send our children to school to prepare them for a bright future and tomorrow, when they become important people, we will be proud to say that they are our children.

Akatsi North MP Peter Nortsu-Kotoe also stressed the need for parents to send their children, especially girls, to school saying that adolescent girls should be kept in school and not to be given in marriage.

He said there were so many benefits to be gained from raising a girl and that in no case should parents or guardians put their daughters’ future at risk by marrying them, noting that this would only intensify the level of poverty in the community of Zongo.

The day also saw the inauguration of a committee named Junior Youth Group in the region whose task was to seek out the wrong characters and call them to shame with the general objective of influencing the right behavior among the young people.

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