Nana Dogo told me the story of Eunice a girl in the tenth grade at Kafanchan Senior Secondary School. This girl just happened to be leaving with her mom and her belongings when Nana arrived at the school (Nana serves as school principal). When the girl, named Eunice, was questioned as to why she was leaving, it was discovered that she was in arrears with her school account- her tuition had not been paid. The rule is that if tuition is left unpaid for more than one trimester, the student is asked to withdraw. Eunice was in tears as her mother shared that her father had passed away. An uncle had stepped up to pay for the school fees - but he, too, had recently died. The mother shared that she was just now getting back to work after being in a serious accident. The only schooling that she could afford for her daughter was a government school.
Many government schools have a reputation for inferior quality of education.”
Eunice had entered Kafanchan Secondary School as a struggling student, but after working very hard, had performed very well and was said to be a quick learner with an interest in art.
I had brought some extra money and so had Paul. After a quick discussion, Paul and I each donated the relatively small amount to cover the semesters in arrears. Since the girl only had her two senior years to go, I said that I would cover the tuition for the remaining years so that she could graduate ... a bargain at $350 per year, which includes tuition, room and board, books, and uniforms …
Eunice and her mom were called back on Monday, May 6, to see if she really wanted to return to the Kafanchan school. After a definitive “Yes!”, and the news of the scholarship opportunity, she was back in classes by Wednesday, May 8. Go Eunice!