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Springfield E&P rolls out Springfield Scholars in host communities

Springfield Group

 

Education is known to be the most important key to transforming societies and nations. For the individual, it is a stepping stone to developing and harnessing one’s talent to help achieve dreams and goals.

For many children, however, lack of funds inhibits the ability of their parents to support them in this natural progression to a possible future success.

Springfield E&P having identified this need across the country, has rolled out a scholarship scheme, “Springfield Scholars”, in seven districts of the Western Region of Ghana to help basic school pupils whose parents are of poor backgrounds, often leading to high rates of absenteeism from school. The scheme has also resulted in bringing back to the classroom some school drop outs.    

 

Springfield Group

 

A total of 140 pupils from selected circuits in the districts received scholarships consisting of two school uniforms, a pair of shoes, a school bag, learning materials and GHC300 stipend for daily lunch for the academic term. They will receive additional funding for a wholesome meal feeding for the entire academic year .

The scholarship which is being piloted in the 2018/2019 academic year, is expected to run for the next five years and is likely to be expanded to cover more schools and pupils. A Team of Springfield Officials presented the packages to the children who were accompanied by their parents at the seven district Directorates of Education.

 

Appealing to the parents of the beneficiaries to commit themselves to the success of the scheme, Mr. Kennedy Noonoo, Corporate Affairs Manager of Springfield E&P reiterated the importance of education in opening up opportunities for their wards to transform their lives from their current state to one beyond dependence.

He said Springfield believed in supporting the youth in particular because they hold the promise to make life better for their generation and the future. “ That is the corporate dream which defines all our endeavors and it is in pursuit of this that we want to see as many children of school-going age at the basic level permanently in the classroom as possible”. He said.

On her part, Ms. Danielle James, Springfield Group, encouraged the Head Teachers of the beneficiary pupils to adopt them as their own and constantly ensure that they were in school as their personal contribution to helping the society curb the incidence of school drop outs growing to become a menace in their communities.   

She said their guidance and support were crucial to lifting the burden off the shoulders of many indigent parents who struggled daily to raise their children out of their penury.

At almost every district, the directors of education expressed their joy for the gesture by Springfield and noted that although the numbers may not be in the hundreds, the significance it has in the life of the children and the difference it would make could only be appreciated in the future.

The pupils thanked Springfield for the gesture and promised to study hard to prove themselves worthy of selection.

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