The Nadowli-Kaleo District Chief Executive (DCE), Madam Katherine T. Lankono has stressed the need for NGOs in education to pay serious attention to children in deprived communities who cannot access basic education in the country, with emphasis on Nadowli-Kaleo District, to ensure that a sound foundation is laid for children to enable them to fit into the society.
The DCE said this during a presentation ceremony of learning materials and tools to twin sisters on Wednesday 6th February, 2019. The items comprises 2 set of school uniforms, 60 pieces of exercise books, pens, 2 pair of school bags and 2 pair of sandals were presented to the two twin sisters in Kuo-dandaali a farming community in the Nadowli-Kaleo district of the Upper West Region.
The sisters were identified after a team of officials from UNICEF visited the community to access the state of open defecation in the community.
The community after the team’s visit has since been declared open defecation free community.
Out of 141 communities in the district, 94 communities have been declared open defecation free in the district.
WHY THE DONATION
According to the DCE when the unicef team visited Kuo-dandaali they saw the twin sisters, Kandow Pogzimaa and Kandow Pognaa helping their father Kandow Jato to put up a latrine in the fathers compound house, when they were asked why they were doing that, they told the team that they think is not right to defecate in the bush.
The twin sisters had stopped going to school because their father could not afford a school uniform for them.
Radio Progress team got to the community with the DCE at a time the twin sisters’ were sacked from school due to improper dressing. The girls were seen in multi colored dresses and without sandals.
Narrating to Radio Progress, the father of the twins, Mr Jato said the girls are a blessing to the Kuo-dandaali community, ‘I was surprised when the two girls told me that we need to stop defecating in the bush but they can help me build a toilet facility and also introduce to me ash and water to clean myself after using the toilet’’.
Days after their commitment, the father said he saw the girls laying blocks and called on him to come and give them moral songs while they build the facility. “Just at age 11 and they can think this way, I think God has blessed me with future nation builders,” the father added.
The DCE stressed the need for stakeholders in education to help create the needed environment which would attract children to stay in school and learn, noting that many children dropped out of school at an early stage as a result of the poor school environment they found themselves in, and which should not be allowed to continue.
The DCE pointed out that children would develop an interest in going to school only when the appropriate school environment was created, saying the government was doing everything possible to promote quality education, and it was the duty of all stakeholders to complement government’s efforts.
Pogziema has dreams of becoming a professional teacher and Pognaa wants to become a professional nurse .
MY JOURNALISTIC OPINION
At the middle of the journey I nearly asked the car driver to stop and allow me to go back to the district capital, my reasons are that, the road we were using was just a footpath and more so the numbers of armed robbery cases recorded in the district, I was terrified. I also asked myself a question if at all there is a community where we were going? Was it possible we were rather going for hunting and gathering at the valley side?
While I was curios’ to get to the community, I was busy on my Google to see if I could found Kuo-danddali on the web, before I could finally get to the web, I could not access the internet no more because all the telecommunications networks could not access my phone .
Finally I saw the driver stopping and when I asked, he told me that was the Kuo-dandaali I was curios’ to see.
I only saw a visible frustrated number of human beings I never thought also exist on earth.
The only meal I ate with them was cooked maize.
Electricity they say is nothing to them because they have no hope of getting it anytime soon.
Their source of water is the river, their children can only get to school after 7 kilometers and that has forced them to all stop schooling.
But when it is time for politics they come to carry them to the road side to vote and they are sent back packed like ‘caara’a local meal prepared by using beans at the local palace, very delicious and nutritious but when in the pot they are packed like that of the customers of the mortuary fridge, who are only waiting for a mass burial to be announce later by 1st January and they will also finally visit their homes.
I left the community at 5pm and I saw some of the community members already going to bed.
I left the community with a picture of malnourished children and adults in my newly discovered Kuo-danddali. I asked if I could become the MP, the DCE, the President, I would have asked that we make the community the district capital.
Pogziema has dreams of becoming a professional teacher and Pognaa wants to become a professional nurse.
Do you think it will be miraculous to see these sisters achieve their dreams of becoming professionals one day?
For me, I think it will only be by the efforts of the community’ Vuoki’ a powerful gods in the Sissala land to help these girls achieve their dreams.
Well, when I get closer to Kanton Yussif and Osman Nankpa Deiwia 111, they will tell me how ‘Vuoki’ will work to save these children and the frustrated lost hope and malnourished community members.
Access to health facility can only be possible after some NGOs read through this piece and get to support them.
I only write with my spectacles neutral
YOUR HUMBLED IBRAHIM MUNIRU