Victory Bible Church Re-Packages Sponsorship Scheme

Rev. Tackie-YarboiThe Victory Bible Church International (VBCI) has expanded its educational scholarship scheme to enable it cover many brilliant but needy students.

The Presiding Bishop of the church, Reverend Nii Apiakai Tackie-Yarboi, who re-launched the scheme in Accra, recently, said the scheme was instituted nearly a decade ago and has grown beyond its initial plan, “hence the re-launch to create greater awareness on the scheme among church members and the outside world”.

The scheme has so far benefited 244 students who pursued various courses at the second cycle and tertiary levels.

Rev Tackie-Yarboi said the “VBCI believes that education was the key to personal, societal advancement and transformation and we thought it wise to institute the scheme in 2005 to assist brilliant but needy students who hitherto would have been schools drop outs due to lack of funds to peruse their God given dreams”.

“As a church, we duly recognize the challenge of financing education in society and have incorporated this goal to offer equal opportunities to the underprivileged as part of our mandate and assistance to our community and the nation at large”, he added.

According to Rev Tackie-Yarboi, “the church opted to pursue their mandate of raising the foundation of many generations through education since that was that surest way to open up a persons mind and enhance ones ability to appreciate issues better to become agents of positive change in society”.

“There are many foundations in the world and education is one of them and this is why the civilisation and development of any nation have been predicted on the quality of education of its people”, he said.

Bishop Tackie–Yarboi disclosed that the scheme assisted 41 students, 19 of them females, in the 2013-2014 academic year, and that Ghc170, 000 would be disbursed to cover 104 students.

In the next five years, the scheme according to him, proposes to target 100 students every academic year and would seek to raise GH¢1,000,000 to help applicants.

Dr Joyce Aryee, the Executive Director of Salt and Light Ministries said education was God’s idea and not man’s, and it was also not an option but compulsory; but not everyone could afford it when it is even free.

She urged the beneficiaries to take their studies seriously so that they can achieve their goals and also help others as some people are helping them today.

The Minister for Education, Professor Jane Naana Opoku-Agyeman, congratulated the church and all the contributors of the scheme, for assisting brilliant but needy children in the country, and urged the beneficiaries to be obedient and learn hard, to become useful citizens in future. By Linda Aryeetey

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