Nineteen students in the Zongo community have benefited from a scholarship scheme, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu’s Education Trust Fund (SONSETFUND), instituted by the National Chief Imam.
The beneficiary students in various secondary and tertiary institutions across the country, namely the Greater Accra, Ashanti, Brong Ahafo, Northern, Upper West and Eastern regions, received the package to enable them to further their education.
The students are Nuhu Hafiz Mohammed, Yahyia Osman, Ahmed Osuman, Abdulai Hawa, Adiza Ibrahim Niass, Ayishatu Usuman, Lamini Abndullai, Mustapha Yahaya Akillo, Abubakar Ahmed Shaban, Mohammed Nuhu Azure, Khalid Nasren and Abdullahi Saheed, who are in various universities.
The rest are Glover Alfred, Tawakaltu Ibrahim, Abdulai Adnan and Abdulai Sifadu, who are students from nursing and teacher training colleges, with Fauzia Mohammed, Laila Adam, and Musah Abbas from senior high schools (SHS).
Speaking at the ceremony in Accra last Friday, to present the package to the beneficiaries, Sheikh Sharubutu said education should not be a privilege for a few people who can afford but rather a right for every child of school age from the primary to the tertiary level.
He said the beneficiaries, who were pursuing courses in the field of nursing, midwifery, science and technology, business studies, religious studies, development and communication studies, were qualified.
SONSETFUND was set up by the National Chief Imam to complement the government’s efforts at providing quality education for the deprived, marginalised and Zongo communities in the country.
He said the Foundation was supporting the students with GH¢35,000.00 to be shared among the beneficiaries.
Commenting on Ghana’s education, Sheikh Sharubutu mentioned that Ghana had come a long way in terms of girl-child education, even though there was more room for improvement, pointing out that “gone are the days when we relegated our women to the kitchen and in the house, we are making strides to prove to the world that our women too can do most of the things men do”.
The General Secretary of SONSETFUND, Alhaji Khuzaima Osman, revealed that more than 1,600 Muslim students were currently benefiting from the scholarship, and commended the sponsors and partners for helping students continue their education.
One of the beneficiaries, Mr Abdulai Adnan, who is currently schooling at Kpandai Nursing Training College, expressed appreciation for the support, describing it as a great opportunity.
“If not because of this fund, I never thought of graduating because we were writing our mid-semester examination and I have not been able to pay my school fees,” he said.
Since the launch of the scheme, over 40 students have benefited from full and half scholarships while 1,600 Muslim students have been given loans to further their education in the past eight years.