The lawmaker for Madina Constituency, Francis Xavier Kojo Sosu, has unveiled education policies encompassing Scholarship Fund and Teachers Award scheme to turn the tide on improving quality education and providing financial help to brilliant but needy students in the Constituency.
Lawyer Sosu campaigned last year’s elections on a promise to take every child away from the street to the classroom and helping others to further their education beyond the basic level.
The Scholarship Fund and the Annual Teachers Awards package is aimed to put that pledged into action with an influx of resources for the education fund for response to school fees and provision of education infrastructure.
The teachers’ award scheme is aimed at recognizing and motivating hardworking teachers of both public and private schools within the constituency.
Teachers from all the 15 electoral areas would compete on an assessment by an Award Committee, each awardee would receive go a new Laptop, while the overall best teacher would pick home a new car.
The education policies also include the replacement of all chalkboards in both private and public schools with marker boards to aid effective teaching and learning, and an annual inter-schools debate for both junior and senior high schools.
“I also look forward to instituting the MP’s Excellence Award in Law for the best student from the UPSA faculty of law to encourage the study of law in the constituency,” Lawyer Francis Sosu stated at the launching of the Madina Education Project.
“Education is one of my priorities as an MP, and that is why I have launched “The Education Project”, to respond to all the educational needs within the constituency. Our children deserve a good education and that is why I have decided to change all chalkboards to white marker boards in all schools within the constituency, provide scholarships for brilliant but needy students, and institute the Teacher Awards Scheme to reward hardworking and deserving teachers.”
He used the occasion which was also to mark his first 100 days in office to charge the people of Madina to rally behind him to transform the Constituency for a better future.
The young legislator said under the education project, he would provide library facilities in each electoral area, Information and Communications Technology (ICT) laboratories and as renovate dilapidated and abandoned school projects.
He noted that the problems in Madina are many but it takes the political will and the support with unity to propel the needed development and expressed his commitment to work hard as the MP to address some of the challenges.
Lawyer Sosu however committed a GH¢50,000 as seed capital for the Education Scholarship Fund project and urged constituents and Ghanaians with education at heart to contribute to the fund.
While highlighting some of the achievements within his 100 days in office, the MP who is the Deputy Ranking of Legal, Constitutional and Parliamentary Affairs Committee of Parliament explained that the 100 days in office had become a yardstick for measuring every administration, pointing out that, “It gives us the opportunity to gauge the policy direction of every administration.”
He mentioned some of his achievements in the first 100 days of assuming office which includes the setting up the Madina JobCentre project as part of efforts to deal with the problem of unemployment in the constituency, stressing that over 650 people had secured jobs since the centre was set up a few months ago while over 4,000 applications being processed for entrepreneurial skills training.
The aim he noted was to augment the effort of the central government, stating, “The government alone cannot create sufficient sustainable jobs and that is why we as MPs need to think outside the box to create jobs for the people.”
A seven-member Board of Trustees has been set up to manage the Education Project with Dr. Nii Kotei Dzani, a former member of the Council of State as its Chairman.
Other committees set up for the Madina Education project ar, a six-member Resources Mobilization Committee, five members Scholarship Award Committee and three-member Fund Management Committee.
In remarks, Dr. Dzani urged the people of Madina to give the MP their maximum support to implement the policies he outlined as they sought to benefit every constituent.
He said education remained the only means to change and transform human society, saying that, had it not been educated through his uncle’s support he would have remained an Ordinary Fisherman and would not have had the opportunity to give much to society.
Dr. Dzani also urged other MPs in the Greater Accra region to draw lessons from the Madina young lawmaker and implement some of his policies to bring total transformation into the region.
Professor Charles Barmor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the UPSA who was chairman for the event, applauded the Madina MP for his foresight to launch such a massive education scholarship project.
He said the scholarship would serve as an inevitable intervention as there had been instances where some students have had to defer their courses as a result of lack of money to pay fees.
The Pantang Mantse, Nii Otubuah III who graced the event also offered a parcel of land within the Pantang Community for any development project the MP intends to implement and assured him of his unflinching support.