By Francis Cofie, GNA
Accra, June 14, GNA - Pathfinders Inspirational Foundation, a non- governmental organization (NGO) has held a day’s seminar for basic school pupils at Nima and Maamobi in Accra to mentor them to pursue higher education.
It was also attended by selected teachers from the two communities who were provided with modalities and guidelines for mentoring the pupils, which was to boost their interest in education to end negative social vices.
Mr Clement Abdul Rashid, the President of the Foundation in an address said research had shown that much of the incidence of crime and other offences were in most cases committed by drop-outs and the uneducated who live in these communities.
He said the NGO’s observation and interaction with the teachers revealed that in as much as the pupils want to be in school, they also want to be like their peers making money fraudulently through cybercrime.
He said as a native of the area he had first-hand information and knows the happenings in the two communities and could attest to the negative social dynamics, which include prevalence0 of cyber-fraud, poor sanitation, drug abuse, some degree of violence, streetism among others.
Mr Rashid said: “If the youth in these areas make education their priority, the chance of committing these negative vices would be drastically minimized or eradicated.”
He said the Foundation would use education as a tool to tackle most of the offensive activities of the people in Maamobi and Nima and some of the modes “we would use would include bringing in role models to talk to them.
“We would use book reading to build their self-confidence, letting them to identify social problems, their causes and propose solutions among other things.”
Mr Rashid said, for the NGO to achieve its mission, it would also engage role models in the Zongo communities to play instrumental parts, as they would be given the opportunity to talk to the mentees and give them hope.
The mentorship which is in the first phase would run for three years from Junior High School ‘1’ to ‘3’, and will still be monitored after completion till they enter Senior High School for them to be in line with expected goals.
The Foundation would rely on teachers, and parents, to observe, assess and report the attitude of pupils at home and school to agents of the organization to help pick necessary information in the process of shaping their future.
Set up in 2017, it intends to mentor 20 pupils a year, however this year’s participants were 18 Junior High School pupils drawn from schools in the two towns - Maamobi and Nima where the Foundation operates.
It has set its sight on alleviating truancy, illiteracy and ignorance in the two areas where the incidence of negative social vices were high.
The participants were taken through child assessment and evaluation, classroom management, effective studying skills, basic guidance and counselling and child psychology by trained resource persons from the Ghana Education Service.
The focal persons of the Foundation meet mentees at the weekends and are addressed by role models in the community, who share their experiences with them to inspire them.