By Gifty Arthur
Winner of Tv3’s Ghana’s Most Beautiful reality show for season VIII, Bentie Abigail Baciara. a,k,a Baci, has launched her foundation to support basic education across the nation.
The launch was also used to raise funds for the start of the project. The Foundation, nicknamed, “Malol-lol” launched in Accra last Saturday was themed, “Importance of Promoting Basic Education”
It seeks to mobilize human, financial and social resources to contribute better education for children particularly those in deprived communities across the country.
Speaking at the launch, the 2014 winner of the reality show, a graduate of the University for Development Studies (UDS) Wa Campus, said “we want to reach out and tap the potential and magnanimity of all both Ghanaians and non Ghanaians, to bring on board, volunteers from tertiary institutions, workers and friends who share similar vision.
The 22 year old, who represented the Upper West Region in last year’s show, enumerated some of the activities that would be undertaken by the foundation as: “visit various schools across the country and help teach for free on days to be set aside by the foundation, support with some donations, and volunteer to paint school buildings”
Others would be to teach ICT free of charge in some of the school that would be selected, participate in general hygiene campaigns and reproductive healthcare advocacy and encourage reading culture among basic school children in communities.
According to Baci, who beat contests from other regions to take home the crown and ultimate prize, the foundation is part of her cooperate social responsibility to the country.
“In conclusion, it is important to state that Ghana has contributed to my upbringing and for who I am today and I know for most people here to the same goes to you.
It is time to give back but in a different way which could see my junior sister or brother enjoy schooling with better exposure”, she underscored.
Chairman for the launch who happens to be the board chairman of the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) commended the beauty queen for her initiative, adding it takes a lot of courage to embark on such a project.
“It’s not easy to set up a foundation, one needs to have commitment for it. Go to be with it and wake up with it”. He tasked Baci to ensure that, the right and appropriate board is instituted “
The Chief Director at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Comfort Asare, who sat in for the sector minister, Nana Oye Lither, said “Statistics reveal that there are over 15, 000 children living on the streets and it is obvious that they lack either quality or no education at all”.
“Yes, government has a responsibility and is doing her best to ensure that all children are in school, but what are the families of these children doing”, she questioned.
Mrs. Asare, revealed a programme was in place to use National Service personnel to embark on a mass sensitization across all regions on the benefits of family based care and recalcitrant parents would be prosecuted per the tenets in the Children’s Act, Act 560, 1998.
We have pampered parents who neglect their children for far too long, but the story would soon change”.
Also present at the programme were, Member of Parliament (MP) for Wa Central and Minister of State In-charge of Public Private Partnership (PPP), Rashid Pelpuo, chiefs from the Upper Wa Region and the 2013 winner of the reality show, Poka, friends, families and some basic school children.