The Bassari Youth Association (BAYA) has appealed to corporate bodies, NGOs and individuals to assist the association to complete its ultra-modern library project initiated at Tatale as part of efforts to improve the poor standard of education in the area.
A statement signed by the Deputy General Secretary of the Association, Emmanuel Bensonimbu and copied to savannahnews, indicated that the project has come to standstill due to lack of funds.
It explained that the project is an ultra-modern library complex project initiated by the association last year as part of efforts to improve the performances of children at basic, junior and senior high schools to reduce the rate of school drop outs in the area.
“The school drop out in Tatale is unacceptably high because of the inability of the parents to afford learning materials like pamphlets and textbooks to complement the teachers’ notes after the normal classes”, the statement said.
The project ,which is estimated to cost about GH¢33,000 Ghanaian cedis, would encourage reading and learning among the pupils to broaden their knowledge and improve their performances at schools when completed.
The current state of education in the Zabzugu-Tatale District particularly the girl child is appalling and that project when completed would boost girl child education.
The association is therefore appealing to the government, corporate bodies, NGOs and individuals to assist the association either in cash or kind to enable it complete the library project to improve children access to educational materials to broaden their knowledge.
The secretary indicated that about 75% of the pupils who sat for last year’s BECE examination failed while less than 20% passed. The school drop out rate has also increased significantly contributing to the fallen standard of education.
The schools in the area also lacked trained teachers, teaching and learning materials coupled with the high rate of poverty levels among parents was affecting children’s education.
Meanwhile, the association thanked the Member of Parliament (MP) for Zabzugu/Tatale, Mr. John Benam, Zabzugu/Tatale District Assembly and individuals who supported the project to that level.