Some ninety-six children who were previously hawking on the streets of Bolgatanga in the Upper East Region have finally returned to school after joining the School of Night Rabbits, an intervention by Child Rights NGO, Afrikids Ghana.
The School of Night Rabbits provides an opportunity for street children in Bolgatanga to learn basic numeracy and English Language as well as receive counselling.
The School which started in 2003 is an informal school where street and working children are taught basic numeracy and literacy skills and given counselling on the dangers of being on the streets.
The school offers a good foundation for the pupils in order for them to continue their formal higher.
At the moment, 34 children who were not in school at all before they joined the school of night rabbits, have now found their way to school, full time. This number includes 26 boys and 8 girls.
Also, 62 children who were in school but not regular due to very difficult circumstances at home, joined the School of Night Rabbits and are now very regular and stable in school. These include 31 boys and 31 girls.
At a graduation ceremony to formerly usher the children out of the School of Night Rabbits and back into regular schools, some of them shared with Joy News, how the School Of Night Rabbit has helped them.
Akolgo Azure, 15 said; “there was no money at home so anytime I went to school, I did not have money to eat and could not concentrate. So I left school and came to help people at lorry stations, so I could make some money”.
Elated Azure added; “Afrikids saw me at the station and asked me to join the School of Night of Rabbits. After some time, I went back to school and Afrikids gives me money for my fees and for feeding. I don’t know what I would have done without them”.
The children were given exercise books and other educational materials needed for their education in regular schools. This year, the school of Night Rabbit was sponsored by EMpower, a US-based not-for-profit organization.
In addition to the children already back school, 35 children comprising 29 boys and 6 girls have expressed interest in learning a trade and will be supported in the coming year to learn the trades of their choice according Cletus Anaaya, the Bolgatanga Area Manager for Afrikids Ghana.