VRA gives scholarships to students

AWARDS PIXThe Volta River Authority (VRA) has awarded educational scholarships to 61 students at both Senior High (46) and Tertiary (15) levels at the authority’s 4th Scholarship Awards ceremony held at Akosombo in the Eastern Region.

The scholarships are under the VRA’s Community Development Programme (CDP).

Since its inception in 2011, 260 brilliant but needy students in communities affected by the operations of the VRA have benefited from the scheme at the cost of GH¢500,000.

The selection of the awardees, according to the VRA was done in a competitive atmosphere in collaboration with relevant stakeholders including local educational authorities, chiefs in the VRA communities and the scholarship unit of the authority.

For a student to qualify for the scholarship, he/ she the VRA said must pass the Basic Education Certificate Examination with grades between 6 and 24 and gain admission into a public secondary school.

The Chief Executive Officer of the VRA Mr. Isaac Kirk Koffie announcing the package said “the VRA recognizes that without education, there could be any meaningful development.

“We also recognize that support towards social infrastructural development, provision of potable drinking water, health, and environmental activities cannot be sustained if we do not maintain our interest and desire to support education in our communities,” he said.

He said through the instrument of the CDP, the VRA affirmed its conviction of the possibilities of education as a means to sustainable development and enlightenment.

To give a national dimension to the VRA’s support for education, Mr. Koffi announced that ten thousand reading and text books were due to be distributed to Basic and Senior High Schools and additional Hundred Thousand exercise books to Basic Schools in VRA communities.

The VRA he said was running career guidance and counseling programmes aimed at mentoring the second and third year scholarship beneficiaries on career choices as they prepare to enter tertiary institutions. He appealed to traditional authorities, parents, district education officers and students to play their respective roles to ensure that the beneficiaries derive maximum benefit from the programme.

Education Minister Professor Jane Naana Opoku Agyemang in a speech read on her behalf said the ministry through the Ghana Education Service would monitor the progress of the beneficiaries via the school coordinators, Guidance and Counseling Coordinators and other scheduled officers to assist the total development of the beneficiaries.

She urged them to work hard and achieve higher heights and make sure that they pay back to society the investment and trust that has been imposed on them.

A representatives of the beneficiaries, Mr. Wilfred Nyarko of the University of Professional Studies, Accra expressed their profound gratitude to the VRA and pledged to put in their best to give back to society what was invested in them.

From Julius Yao Petetsi, Akosombo

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