Ghana’s Leading Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN) is sponsoring 20 teachers to pursue various University courses at a cost of Ghc125, 000. The scholarship from the MTN Foundation is aimed at supporting the carefully selected teachers to enable them develop themselves in their field of work.
The gesture forms part of MTN’s Teacher Improvement Awards Programmed initiated by the company in 2015 to reward teachers in Ghana by keeping them up-to-date on new methods on how children learn, emerging technology, new tools and curriculum for the classroom, among others.
The programme is designed to financially assist teachers who teach in first and second cycle public institutions to upgrade their education at the first degree or Masters levels. The scholarship scheme seeks to improve the skills of teachers to professionally grow in science, Mathematics and English.
According to the Acting Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Pala Asiedu Ofori, “these subject areas continue to be core tools in many fields of study and also equip with a uniquely powerful set of skills which include logical reasoning, problem solving skills, and the ability to think in abstract ways which enable them to understand and change the world”. About 100 teachers are expected to be supported over five years.
“We are convinced the future of Ghana’s development lies largely in giving teachers access to higher quality education. As a good corporate citizen, MTN is convinced that it also has a role to play in helping build a stronger nation. We therefore strive through various initiatives to complement government’s efforts to ensure sustainable social development,” Ofori stated.
She said off the 40 teachers who have so far benefitted from the scholarship scheme since its inception, 13 are in the University of Cape Coast while 27 are in the University of Education, Winneba. Five of them have since graduated and four are expected to graduate pending the successful submission of their dissertations.
As part of activities to mark this year’s World Teachers Day on October 5, the 20 selected beneficiaries of the scheme were taken through an educative tour of The Planetarium Center in Accra where they had an experiential treat with the Galaxies.
Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson|| ghananewsonline.com.gh