By: Daniel Nonor
The Tafo Golf Club has for the past five years provided educational and apprenticeship support for their caddies (young men who assist a golf player in accordance with the rules of golf, which may include carrying or handling a player’s golf clubs during play).
So far, 17 young men have benefitted from the support and are at various levels of education.
Mr. Prince Kofi Amoabeng, CEO of UT Bank, who launched the fund expressed his pride in the boys for taking up the challenge to educate themselves to better their lot, adding that “access to education is a fundamental right of every person, but the disadvantaged in our society may for very good reasons, be hampered in their quest to pursue this goal due to non-availability of funds to support their education”.
Since the inception of the caddie education programme, seventeen needy caddies have benefitted from the scheme. Some of them who had dropped out of school because of lack of funds to procure some basic necessities were supported to go back to school.
Those who after counseling opted to enter into apprenticeship in various vocations were also supported to enroll and learn a trade of their interest. As at now, four caddies are undergoing training to become refrigeration, welding and auto-mechanics.
Currently, two of the caddies are studying at the basic education level, two are in senior high school, four of them have completed senior high school and are working to improve their results to pursue tertiary education.
It is gratifying to note that five of the caddies have successfully gone through basic and secondary education and are currently studying at the tertiary level at the Institute of Professional Studies (IPS) in Accra, All Nations University (ANV) at Koforidua and Koforidua Polytechnic.
Dr. F. K. Oppong, Captain of the Tafo Club has indicated that in order to bring home the importance of education to all the caddies associated with the Tafo Golf Course, the club has made it a policy that under no circumstance will any caddie who drops out of school; plays truant or refuses to learn a trade be entertained on the golf course.
He said the Tafo Golf Club remains grateful to its President, Prince Kofi Amoabeng, for his continuous financial support for this laudable programme.
The Tafo Golf Club has one of the most formidable youth teams in Ghana. This year, as the Club prepares for its 15th Annual Golf Open scheduled Friday and Saturday, 3-4December, 2010, the club renews its commitment to ensuring that the caddies are also being assisted to be like their role models –the golfers.
The two-day tournament to be held at the Tafo Golf Club at the Cocoa Research Institute of Ghana at Akyem Tafo in the Eastern Region, and will be attended by about sixty top golfers from various golf clubs in the country. Among those expected are seasoned golfers like Mona Captan, who has consistently won the lady’s since 2000, Mr. P.A Sersah, Dr. F.K Oppong, Mr. Earl Ofori-Attah, Mr. Frank Adu, Charles Tabi, Kofi Asante, Mr. and Mrs. Safo-Debra, with the President of the club himself -Prince Amoabeng, leading his team with support from the Okyehene-Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, the second.