The Ministry of Education has in a short ceremony unveiled young Ghanaian actor, Abraham Attah, as an ambassador for government’s flagship programme, Free Senior High School.
This was done by the sector Minister, Matthew Opoku Prempeh, on Thursday, June 22, 2017.
The Free SHS is a flagship policy program of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
Many people have said that this policy helped it win power in the December 2016 polls.
The party popularized the intended program in the run up to the 2012 elections, but could not win power then to implement it.
After winning the 2016 election, the NPP announced that it will fully roll out the program this year.
President Akufo-Addo, in an address at Okuapeman School in the Eastern Region in February 2017, announced that the program will commence from September 2017.
“By free SHS, we mean that, in addition to tuition which is already free, there will be no admission fees, no library fees, no science centre fees, no computer lab fees, no examination fees, no utility fees; there will be free textbooks, free boarding, and free meals, and day students will get a meal at school for free,” Akufo-Addo said.
The 15-year old ambassador currently resides in the USA for his career and high school education.
He made his feature film debut in Beasts of No Nation (2015), playing a leading role of child soldier (Agu). He was awarded the Marcello Mastroianni’s Best Young Actor Award at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival.
In 2016, it was announced that he had been cast in the upcoming Marvel film Spider-Man: Homecoming.
The Ministry is yet to state what Abraham Atta’s specific duties will be as the policy program’s ambassador.