Otumfuo Education Fund Covers 600,000 Students

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II

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TOTAL of 600,000 brilliant but needy students have benefited from the Otumfuo
Education Fund since the inception of the social intervention policy two
decades ago.

The
Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, introduced the initiative immediately he
ascended onto the Golden Stool of Asanteman as a way of complementing
government’s efforts towards helping Ghanaian students to realise their
academic goals.

Addressing
the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, United States, recently,
the Asantehene said the purpose for setting up the education fund had been
achieved so far.

“More
than 600,000 students, who, due to financial constraints and other challenges,
could have been dropped out of school, have benefited from the Otumfuo
Education Fund in Ghana now,” he said, adding “this social intervention
programme, which I decided to set up after being enstooled as the King of the
Asantes, one of the respected and powerful kingdoms in Africa, continues to
support needy students,” he said.

The
Asantehene explained that the Otumfuo Education Fund doesn’t cover only
Asantes, and reiterated that he set up the fund purposely to help brilliant but
needy Ghanaian students, irrespective of their ethnic background.

He
said he was pleased with the huge impact that the Otumfuo Education Fund was
making in the lives of Ghanaian youth. He disclosed that the initiative had
churned out medical doctors, pharmacists, teachers and other professionals.

Emphasis On Education

The
Asantehene stated emphatically that education is the only tool to a successful
life in modern times. He promised to continue to support education to flourish
in Ghana.

“The
greatest potential to the success of every state lies on education,” the Asante
Monarch emphasized, adding “that is why I set up the Otumfuo Education Fund to
provide opportunities for quality primary to university education.”

Teachers’ Awards

The
Otumfuo also stated that teachers remained a key component if education would
flourish, hence his decision to also introduce Teachers’ Awards scheme to help
motivate teachers to work hard, especially those in the rural areas.

According
to him, he would continue to use his time, energy and resources to motivate
teachers so that they would accept postings to the rural areas for children to
receive the needed education.

The
Asantehene was invited to the UN General Assembly to share with the world how
he had been able to combine modernity and tradition to lead the Asante Kingdom,
and how his influence is helping to promote Ghana’s democracy.

Among
Otumfuo’s delegation were Nana Otuo Serebuo, the Juabenhene and Chairman of the
Council of State, Oheneba Owusu Afriyie, the Apagyahene, and other traditional
leaders from Asanteman.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi



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