The African Bicycle Contribution Foundation (ABCF), an African-American non-profit distributed 85 bamboo bikes to students in Ningo-Prampram District of Greater Accra. Executive Director of ABCF Mrs. Patricia Marshall Harris explained that ABCF believes access to bicycles in rural Ghana could help reduce school dropout rates and help prepare students for successful future careers.

A Study by World Bike Relief study shows that attendance rate increases from 65 percent to 90 percent once students get access to bicycles for their daily commute to school. School absences also decreased by 27 percent, and their overall commute time was reduced by one-third, with a 66 per cent increase in punctuality.

Deputy Regional Minister of Greater Accra Region, Mrs. Elizabeth K. T. Sackey expressed gratitude to ABCF for coming to aid of the students and supporting government’s efforts to improve enrolment and retention.

The bicycles were built in Kumasi by CEO of Ghana Bamboo Bikes Initiative(GBBI), Ms. Bernice Dapaah. A total of 500 bamboo bikes have been distributed by ABCF in Ghana since 2016.

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