Accra, Oct. 7, GNA - The MTN Ghana Foundation, as part of improving quality and celebrating teachers, awarded 20 teachers with GH¢ 125,000.00 to improve themselves in their field of work.
The award, which is under MTN Teachers Improvement Awards Programme (TIAP), was presented to the beneficiaries in Accra and covers the tuition, academic expenses and stipend of GH¢ 500.00 for each.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of the event, Madam Georgina Fiagbenu, the Senior Manager of Corporate Affairs at MTN, said the scholarship scheme sought to improve the skills of teachers, especially those in second cycle public institutions, to grow professionally in Science, Mathematics and the English Language.
She said MTN Foundation believed the beneficiaries would return to their respective schools equipped with higher educational skills to impact the lives of students and build capacity for national development.
Madam Fiagbenu said 10 of the selected teachers would pursue first degree programmes while the other 10 would pursue master’s programme at the University of Cape Coast and the University of Education, Winneba.
She said: “It is critical to pay close attention to how we train and support both new and experienced teachers through constantly updating their knowledge and adopting best practices that meet the needs of today’s students.”
Madam Fiagbenu noted that 40 teachers had been awarded with scholarship since the inception of the TIAP in 2015, which saw 13 pursuing courses at the University of Cape Coast and 27 at the University of Education, Winneba.
She said five of the awardees had successfully graduated and had returned to their respective public schools, while four were expected to graduate pending the successful submission of their dissertation.
She congratulated all teachers for their contributions to the development of Ghana, as the world celebrate teachers, adding; “MTN Ghana Foundation pledges its commitment to continue investing in bold interventions that drive value.”
Mrs Elizabeth Tekpor from the Anum Presby Senior High School, on behalf of the awardees, said the Foundation had demonstrated love towards the 20 beneficiaries.
She said: “We would not disappoint you but will utilise the scholarship for the purpose it is intended to deliver professionally and unleash the potentials in our students.”
As part of the programme, the teachers were taken on a tour to the Ghana Planetarium, where they were educated on the formation of the universe, the galaxies and planets.