Under other activities to be undertaken by the MTN Ghana Foundation as part of its 10th year anniversary celebration, they are going to award scholarships to 20 public school teachers across the country to upgrade themselves at first degree and Master’s levels, under the TIAP.
The MTN’s Teacher Improvement Award Programme (TIAP), according to Mrs. Georgina Asare-Fiagbenu, Senior Manager at the corporate communications department of the MTN Ghans Foundation, was initiated in 2015 purposely to financially assist teachers in first and second cycle public institutions, to upgrade their educational levels to First Degree and Masters, as well as to professionally deliverer in the areas of Science, Mathematics, and English.
In an interview with Newsghana.com.gh after a day’s training workshop organized by the Journalist for Business Advocacy (JBA) and sponsored by MTN, Mrs. Georgina said, the future of Ghana’s development greatly depends on teachers thus, corporate MTN saw the need in helping to build a stronger nation by empowering teachers.
“Teachers hold in their hands the success of our society. It is said that, a great teacher helps nurture great students. It is therefore important for us to pay greater attention to the training and support of both new and experienced teachers, so that they will constantly update their knowledge and adopt best practices to conform to the needs of modern students,” Georgina indicated.
She explained that, about 100 teachers are expected to be supported through scholarship over a period of five years, where 20 of them are to benefited each year. 60 teachers according to her, have so far benefitted from the scholarship scheme since its inception in 2015.
Meanwhile, in line with the commitment to support development through education, she said, the Foundation has over the years provided scholarships to over 1,000 students and also built 75 classroom blocks, dormitories and other infrastructure for children in dilapidated school structures in remote communities.
“The Foundation has since its inception, invested GH¢ 22.2m in 135 Education, Health and Economic Empowerment projects, which has brightened the lives of more than three million people across the length and breath of the country,” Mrs. Georgina Asare-Fiagbenu indicated.