As part of its efforts of commemorating World Teachers Day, MTN Foundation has taken another giant step by presenting scholarships to 20 teachers at the cost of GH ¢125,000.
The scholarship is aimed at supporting these gallant teachers to further develop themselves in their field of work.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony in Accra, the Acting Corporate Services Executive Mrs. Pala Asiedu Ofori, hinted that the Teacher Improvement Awards Programme was designed to financially assist teachers who teach in First and Second Cycle Public Institutions to upgrade their education at the First Degree or Masters levels.
Adding that, the scholarship scheme seeks to improve the skills of teachers across the country to professionally grow in Science , Mathematics and English.
“These subject areas continue to be core tools in many fields of study and also equip pupils with a uniquely powerful set of skills which include logical reasoning , problem solving skills , and the ability to think in abstract ways which enable them to understand and change the world
. The programme will support 100 teachers over a five year period”, she explained.
According to her, the future of Ghana’s development lies largely in giving teachers access to higher quality education.
” As a good corporate citizen , MTN is convinced that it also has a role play in helping build a stronger nation. We therefore strive through various initiatives to complement government’s effort to ensure sustainable social development,” she emphasized.
This she said, out of 40 teachers who have been awarded with scholarship since the inception of the Teacher Improvement Awards in 2915, 13 are in the University of Cape Coast , while 27 are in the University of Education , Winneba. Five( 5) of the awardees have since graduated . And four (4) are expected to graduate pending the successful submission of their dissertations .
The good news is that , all awardees who graduated have returned to their respective public schools in which they were teaching.
“For the third edition of the awards , the MTN Foundation is again presenting 20 scholarships to qualified teachers across Ghana to enhance their skills which will translate into effect teaching and learning in our public institutions.
Ten (10) of the Teachers selected will pursue degree programmes and the other 10 will pursue their masters programme”, Mrs Pala Asiedu explained.
It is our firm belief that, beneficiaries of the Teachers’ Improvement Awards Programme would come back equipped with higher educational skills to transform the realities of the classroom , impact the lives of students and build capacity for national development.
She therefore urged female teachers to take advantage of these opportunities as their counterparts do.
“As we commemorate Teachers Day MTN Ghana Foundation pledges its commitment to continue to invest in bold interventions that drive value in our communities and the country as a whole”, she emphasized.
By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/Newsghana.com.gh