MTN Ghana Foundation awards scholarships to 20 public teachers

Ebenezer-Twum-Asante, MTN Ghana CEO

Ebenezer-Twum-Asante, MTN Ghana CEO

The MTN Ghana Foundation has awarded scholarships to 20 public school teachers across the country to upgrade themselves at first degree and Master’s levels.

The education scholarship worth GH¢125, 000, formed part of activities marking this year’s World Teachers’ Day celebration under the theme “Teaching in Freedom, Empowering Teachers.”

Ten of the beneficiaries would pursue first degrees and the remaining would pursue their Masters at the Universities of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba.

Speaking at a short ceremony at MTN’s Head Office to present the scholarship to the beneficiaries, the Acting Corporate Services Executive of MTN, Mrs Pala Asiedu Ofori said the programme was under the MTN’s Teacher Improvement Award Programme (TIAP).

She said the programme, initiated in 2015 and  was designed to financially assist teachers who taught in first and second cycle public institutions to upgrade their education at the First Degree and Masters Levels, sought to improve the skills of teachers across the country to professionally grow in Science, Mathematics, and English.

She said the future of Ghana’s development lied largely in giving  teachers access to higher quality education, stressing as good corporate citizen, MTN was convince that it had a role to play in helping build a stronger nation.

“Teachers hold in their hands the success of our society.  It is said that, a great teacher helps nurture great students.  Research further shows that inspiring an informed teacher is the most important factor that influences student achievement. It is therefore critical to pay close attention to how we train and support both new and experienced teachers.  To be able to do that, teachers need to constantly update their knowledge and adopt best practices that meet the needs of today’s students,” she said.

So far, Mrs Ofori said 40 teachers had been awarded scholarship since the inception of the MTN TIAP, indicating that 13 were in the University of Cape Coast, while 27 are in the University of Education, Winneba, while five of the awardees have since graduated and four were expected to graduate pending the successful submission of their dissertations.

The Acting Corporate Services Executive expressed worry about low women participation in the programme and urged female teachers to take advantage of the programme to pursue further education, saying that out of the 2017 awardees only six were women.

Professor Jerom S Djangmah, a former Chairman of the West African Examinations Council who is of the Panel of Judges who selected awardees commended them for winning the scholarship.

He also lauded MTN Ghana and the MTN Foundation for initiating the programme to support the capacity building for teachers in the country.

A beneficiary, Elizabeth Tekpor, expressed gratitude to MTN Foundation for the support, saying they would work hard to justify the confidence reposed in them.

She said the further studies would help to further build their capacities to better train the students they were teaching.

By Kingsley Asare

 

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