COCOBOD Shifts Focus from Scholarships to Improving Primary Schools in Cocoa-Growing Communities


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The Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) has announced a shift in its educational programs, moving from its traditional scholarship scheme to improving primary school infrastructure in cocoa-growing communities.


This change aligns with the government’s Free Senior High School (SHS) initiative, aiming to use resources more effectively in underserved areas.

Peter Mac Manu, Chairman of the Board, stressed the need to adapt to the changing educational landscape due to the Free SHS program introduced by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s administration.

He noted that the COCOBOD Scholarship Scheme, while valuable, has lost its main purpose with the advent of Free SHS.

For many years, the COCOBOD Scholarship Scheme supported students from cocoa-farming communities, helping their educational advancement.

However, acknowledging the new educational priorities from the Free SHS initiative, the board has decided to end the scholarship program and create the Cocoa Board Education Trust.


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This new trust will focus on building model basic schools in cocoa-producing regions, addressing critical infrastructure gaps, and enhancing educational opportunities for local children.

Peter Mac Manu reaffirmed the board’s commitment to the welfare of cocoa farmers and their families through this new initiative.

The primary goal of the trust is to develop essential primary school infrastructure in underserved cocoa-growing areas, demonstrating COCOBOD’s dedication to sustainable progress and educational access in these communities.

The transition from the scholarship scheme to the Education Trust highlights COCOBOD’s strategic vision to align its educational investments with current needs, ensuring a lasting positive impact on cocoa-growing regions and future generations.


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