Hakeem Aremeyaw's intelligence took him to China; now a street child in Accra

Hakeem Aremeyaw's intelligence took him to China; now a street child in Accra

YEN.com.gh has come across the emotional story of young Abdul-Hakeem Alhassan Aremeyaw, a 13-year-old street child who, after winning an essay competition and representing Ghana in an event in China, is back on the streets because of a lack of support.

Aremeyaw distinguished himself as the best pupil when an essay competition saw him emerging the best. According to the young man, selected schools were asked to task their pupils to write on what they wanted to be in the future and how to achieve the aim.

Aremeyaw's winning essay stated that he wanted to be a pilot. The young man knew that his dream meant he had to know about aeronautical engineering, an odd realisation for a Ghanaian child that young.

As a winner of the competition, he got the opportunity to represent Ghana in China, where he attended mentorship programmes to help get him on the path to being a pilot.

Video sighted by YEN.com.gh showed Aremeyaw on board a plane and posing at what seemed like an engineering garage, among others.

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But Aremeyaw has no one to help him further the path of becoming a pilot. All the young man has now is the grace of a non-governmental organisation, which only pays his school fees at the Airport Police C&D Primary School.

Aremeyaw's headmistress, Victoria Fiankor, told 3news.com that although the boy is a brilliant student, she has realised he only comes to school when he has something to eat.

For the most part, Aremeyaw and his friends, sleep on the streets and only wake up to clean the windscreens of posh cars stuck in traffic around Airport City in Accra.

Sometimes they make a little, just enough to sustain them.

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Aremeyaw, who can be described as a child prodigy, wants to stay in school. After all, his dream of becoming a pilot has not died.

But the dream seems more distant with every passing day that the adolescent boy has to fend for himself in a commercial city with all sorts of dangers and misadventures.

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