The bicycles worth GH₵ 54, 983.00 were presented to the Bike Bank in the Nanton-Kurugu communities in Savelugu-Nanton Municipality in the Northern Region.
Thomas Cook, UK-based organisation funded RAINS/Hope for Children to procure the bicycles, with the aim of assisting children who trek long distances to reach school very early to improve their academic work.
It is also to help improve attendance and to reduce rates of school drop out in the communities.
Mr Tijani Hardi, the Executive Director of RAINS speaking at the handing over ceremony said some school children trek for about 50 to 90 minutes before getting to school, which was not helping in their academic performance.
He said the presentation of the bicycles would therefore reduce the distance to school for children in ‘hard to reach’ schools.
He thanked the parents of the beneficiary school children for agreeing to pay minimal charges each term ranging from 0.5 pesewas to GH₵1 to maintain the bicycles.
Madam Murielle Maupoint, the Executive Director of Hope for Children urged traditional authorities, parents and teachers to take the responsibility to ensure that the bicycles are used only for the purposes of schooling and not farming.
Mr Goshiman Mahadu, Traditional Leader of Nanton-Kurugu Community who received the bicycles on behalf of the chief expressed gratitude to the two NGOs for the presentation.
RAINS was established in 1993 to promote the rights of marginalised people and particularly women and children living in deprived communities while Hope for Children Ghana aims to combat exploitative child labour to help children stay in school by giving them a chance for a better future.
Source: GNA/News Ghana