The Ghana Insurers Association (GIA) has presented 8,000 exercise books valued at GH¢Ȼ2,500 to pupils of the Kanda Cluster of Schools in Accra.
Additionally, the association also handed over pens and pencils to the management of the schools to be distributed to the pupils.
Some students who participated in a spelling competition previously organised by the Kanda Circuit Supervisory Unit were also presented with story books, dictionaries and other reading materials from the GIA.
The donation formed part of activities marking this year’s Insurance Awareness Month by the insurance industry. The celebration is on the theme, “Insurance and you; get insured.”
Educational insurance policy
Before the presentation of the books, the president of the GIA, Mr Ivan Avereyireh, educated the pupils on insurance policies and their benefits, and advised parents to embrace education insurance policies being offered by the different insurance companies in the country to secure the future of their children.
An educational policy helps children in the unfortunate event of death of the policy holder. The policy provides children with income benefit to cater for their school fees and other basic needs.
“Insurance gives peace of mind. In times of misfortunes you always know that your insurance company will come to your aid. As children you must let insurance be part of your life as you grow,” Mr Avereyireh explained.
He said the GIA intended to form insurance clubs in schools where the pupils could interact with insurance experts and gain knowledge, stressing that the GIA would also advocate the inclusion of the study of insurance in the educational curricula at the basic level.
The Kanda Circuit Supervisor, Mr Israel Martei, expressed the hope that the presentation of the books would motivate the pupils to study hard.
He said some parents and guardians were shirking their responsibilities in terms of catering for the educational expenditures of their children and wards, pointing out that though the government was playing its role in providing the necessary support to get children educated, the collaboration of society and the corporate world was needed to enable children to realise their dreams.
Speaking on behalf of the Accra Metro Education Director, Mrs Angela Tena- Mensah, the Deputy Public Relations Officer of the Directorate, Mrs Evelyn Quarcoo commended the GIA for the donation and urged the pupils to take their studies seriously so as to become assets to themselves, parents, community and Ghana at large.
The Kanda Cluster of Schools is made up of Ring Road One Basic School, Accra Metropolitan Assembly Basic School, Kanda Three and Five, Ring Road East Two, Kanda One Junior High School, Kanda Five Junior High School, Alwalid Basic School and the Islamic Training Institute.