Like some of his classmates, 10-year-old Samuel lives in the farmyard, far away from his school. In order for him to get to school, he had to walk twelve kilometres from his village to and from school every day –over three hours walking time each day! (a cumulative of sixty kilometres and fifteen hours each week). Samuel felt tired and worn out and unable to participate in academic activities.
“I feel tired any time I come to school, sometimes on my way to school, I meet snakes and scorpions and arrive at school drenched in sweat and dust,” said Samuel who is in year three of primary school in Ghana’s Nkwanta District.
“Samuel arrives at school sometimes half way through the day’s activities,” his teacher said. Despite Samuel’s struggle to have a basic education, his academic prowess was excellent. Initially, the teachers thought of him as a truant boy. The teachers soon changed their perception after they got to know that he had to travel from Safuano to Pawa District Authority Primary School.
A World Vision staff on a visit to children in Pawa School accosted Samuel story. So when the Bicycle Education Empowerment Project was introduced in the district he was prioritised to receive a bicycle. “I am very excited for my boy, his going to school has been my greatest headache, now, I can heave a sigh of relief”, affirmed by Samuels 60 year old father.
Samuel was pleased to receive the bicycle, “Now, I do everything with my friends and I see myself as one of them! I am now happy.” An obviously happy Samuel’s mother explained, “He goes to school early and comes home early unlike previously, when he would come home at night and complain he’d gotten to school late.” The family is grateful to World Vision for such a gift.
The Bicycle Education Empowerment Project is World Vision’s response to eliminating absenteeism and late enrolment by improving access to school. Children who commute 5-10km to school daily are provided with bicycles. Having a bike means they are able to complete household chores and still be able to travel to school, thus reducing rates of children tardiness and absenteeism. To learn more please visit https://www.wvi.org/ghana/education