Tullow Ghana assures support to STEM

Tullow Ghana Limited has reiterated its commitment to supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education to accelerate the development of the country.

The Manager in charge of External Affairs, Social Performance and Local Content of Tullow Ghana Limited, Edmund Fiifi Enchil, who stated this during an interaction with some STEM students of the University of Ghana, Legon, in Accra yesterday, said the Western and Asian countries developed on the back of STEM and Ghana must pursue same.

The programme dubbed ‘Time with our Scholars 2020’ under the Tullow Tertiary STEM Scholarship Scheme was to interact and expose beneficiaries to the operations of Tullow Ghana Limited and also to mentor them.

Under the programme, which started in 2017, Tullow Ghana Limited was offering scholarships to 150 brilliant but needy students pursuing graduate and undergraduate STEM programmes from three universities; University of Ghana Legon, KNUST, and Ashesi University.

With University of Ghana, Tullow Ghana Limited has provided scholarships to 60 graduate and undergraduates students to pursue STEM programmes.

Mr Enchil said STEM scholarship formed part of the social corporate investment of Tullow Ghana Oil to give back to society in which the company operated.

He said the objective of the programme was to promote the development of the country.

Mr Enchil said the beneficiaries of the scholarship programme were being taken through coaching and mentoring sessions to build their confidence and social capital.

“The Tullow Tertiary STEM Scholarship Scheme which is a five-year programme, is currently being reviewed to assess its success and to help inform the company whether the programme should be extended or expanded,” he said.

The Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Prof. Julius Fobil, Project Principal Investigator of the Tullow Tertiary STEM Scholarship Scheme, said Tullow Ghana Limited had provided a total of $309,556.94  to support the programme.

Prof. Fobil indicated that conscious efforts had been made to promote female in science education through the scholarship scheme.

He said the amount, among others, was being used to pay for the tuition, accommodation and provide stipends for the beneficiary students.

Prof. Fobil appealed to Tullow Ghana Limited to provide the beneficiary students with internship opportunities as a way of building their capacities.

The Director of Research of University of Ghana, Professor Joseph Teye, said investment in STEM education was one of the laudable initiatives that corporate Ghana could undertake to support brilliant but needy students.

Prof. Teye appealed to other corporate organisations to support brilliant but needy students since education was themost important investment a nation could provide to its citizens.

A beneficiary of the scholarship programme, Rebecca Ama Adjei, who is a level 400 Material and Science student, in an interview said the programme had helped transformed her life and build her confidence.

She expressed gratitude to Tullow Ghana Limited for the programme and opportunity offered her to pursue STEM education.

BY KINGSLEY ASARE

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